Why Britain is facing a crisis in recruiting head teachers. It’s not rocket science.

In today’s Times, on p.6, there’s an article taking up half the page, ‘Schools crisis as hundreds of heads quit’. The journalist is Nicola Woolcock, the paper’s Education Correspondent. Extracts:

Britain is facing a crisis in recruiting teachers, with thousands complaining of high pressure and insufficient pay and retire early…

Nowhere in the lengthy article does Ms Woolcock mention the obvious causes of the crisis:

1. The feminisation of the teaching profession. The proportion of teachers who are female in primary schools is over 90+, in secondary schools over 70%.

2. Gender-typical work ethic differences. We know from Dr Catherine Hakim’s Preference Theory (2000) that while four in seven British men are ‘work-centred’, only one in seven British women is. As the education profession has become ever more feminised, the number of teachers with the ambition to become head teachers has inevitably fallen.

3. The absurdly small difference between the salaries of head teachers and deputy heads, presumably because most deputy heads are women. From the article:

For some teachers, the step up from deputy or assistant head is not worth the hassle. The salary rise is not significant in many cases.

Deputies at local authority schools earn a minimum of £38,600, rising to a maximum of £107,000 a year in London. [The equivalent figures for head teachers are £44,000 and £108,000.]

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • epistemol

    One could say it’s the law of not just unintended consequences, but of unconsidered and unspoken consequencies as well.

    Who will be the first of the apparatchiks to dare say that the World is round, and goes round the Sun in direct defiance of the edicts of the Holy Church of PC?

  • William Gruff

    It should now be clear to all but the most obtuse or fanatically feminist that the reason women don’t run anything is because they cannot and things go to pot when they try. Wherever women come to predominate things cease to function properly. We’ve seen it with the health service and local government, we’re seeing it in national government, the judicial system and education and we are going to see it in the armed forces.

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