Almost a third of Gloucestershire primaries have no male teachers
NEARLY a third of Gloucestershire's primary schools have no male teachers statistics show.
Latest figures published by the Department for Education reveal that 75 out of the county's 241 primaries (31 per cent) do not have any full-time qualified teachers who are men.
And there were a further three schools where fewer than 10 per cent of the teaching staff were male.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has previously said more male teachers were needed to provide positive role models to youngsters, but they were put off by worries that the adult-child contact was a "legal minefield".
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He said the Government had clarified rules regarding contact between teachers and pupils.
And a "troops to teachers" programme, which aims to bring former service personnel into the classroom, would see more men entering teaching.
This is where former military personnel are offered bursaries for teacher training and a fast-track route if they lack degree-level qualifications.
The Department for Education say the number of applications from men to become teachers has risen, with a 50 per cent increase in male primary trainees last year.
The Secretary of State said last year more male teachers were needed, particularly in primary schools "to provide children who often lack male role models at home with male authority figures who can display both strength and sensitivity".
But he acknowledged a major concern among men was "that they will fall foul of rules which make normal contact between adults and children a legal minefield".
A DfE spokesman said: "We want more men to consider primary teaching.
"Applications from men have already risen, with 50 per cent more male primary trainees in 2011/2012.
"We're encouraging men to apply for training places by holding events where they can speak to teaching experts and other trainees.
"Up to 1,000 high quality male graduates will take part this year in a new school experience programme which will boost numbers further."