Men into Teaching

Uploaded by UniNorthamptonSoE on 18.05.2012

>>Tom: I decided I wanted to be a primary school
teacher pretty late on really, I’m twenty nine now and I kind of bounced around with
bits and bobs of jobs in my low twenties, and I ended up teaching children’s basketball
around schools, and it struck me firstly, how much I liked working with young children,
and secondly that there were no males really in the school, and if there were the kids
clung onto them, they were keen for that male interaction.
>>Josh: My mum is a teacher herself and she said there
was a big market for male primary school teachers. I enjoyed working with children and it just
seemed like a natural progression for me.
>>Perry: I decided I wanted to become a primary school
teacher in year thirteen of sixth form. My sociology teacher inspired me to do this course.
>>Sam: The most important part of being a male primary
school teacher is helping children that perhaps don’t have perhaps a father figure in their
life. It’s important that children do get the benefits of this.
>>Josh: The way you carry yourself, the way you try
and make things as exciting as you possibly can, and I think for me, if I can enjoy it,
then I’m hoping the children will enjoy it as well.
>>Tom: You’ve got to be that good role model to
be a male primary school teacher. You can’t be going in there, like a lot of the children
don’t have males in their lives at home, or anything like that, and you’ve got to
be a positive male role model to inspire the children throughout their school.
>>Perry: The lessons are really interactive, you’re
not just sitting down listening, you do get involved, if you’re learning, you do practical
subjects like science and design technology, you have to do presentations and group work,
so you’re really involved with the whole course and everyone else.
>>Sam: The seminars and lectures that we have are
very fun, they’re very interactive, we get to work with a lot of different people.
Tom: The tutors are brilliant, they know you on
a one to one basis, just this morning I bumped into Sorrel, one of the senior lecturers,
and he lectured me in the autumn term, two or three times, and he knew me by name, he
asked me how my assignments were going, so it’s all on a really personal level which
I think is brilliant for the university.
>>Perry: The support is equal for males and females,
you can contact the lecturers at any time throughout the week.
>>Josh: The placement support is all provided for
you, you’re put on your placement, and you’re given all the information you need to successfully
complete that placement.
>>Tom: There’s constant email contact, with tutors,
they’re always asking you how you’re doing, it’s wonderful, also the support of fellow
students, as a male, there aren’t that many of us on the course, and we all kind of look
out for each other as well, so that’s a good thing.
>>Perry: The message I would say, to people applying to
be a teacher, is make sure that this is the career you want to do, get experience within
primary schools, try and do a couple of weeks if possible, because many schools will be
happy to have you, and just make sure that this is the course you want to do, because
it is hard, but it is extremely exciting at the same time.
>>Josh: My message to people applying to be a male
primary school teacher, would be there’s a massive market for male primary school teachers,
there’s not enough of us knocking about, and I think, give it a go, make sure you come
with a little bit of experience as well, and be willing to work pretty hard for it as well.
>>Tom: Do it. It’s such an amazing rewarding profession,
you’ve got the chance to go up through the ranks, from teaching to subject leader, assistant
head, very quickly, if you’re a male especially, you could get fast tracked through, and working
with kids is the most rewarding thing you can do. In my opinion.