Supply teacher agency welcomes more male teachers working in primary schools

12 May 2015

A growing number of men are opting for careers as primary school teachers, according to a Barnsley-based specialist education recruitment agency.

Latest figures from Provide Education show that 15 per cent of the teachers they now place in primary school jobs across the region are men. This follows a steady increase over the last few years and reflects national trends.

The recruitment agency, which is launching its annual recruitment drive to sign up more newly qualified teachers this month, expects to see even more male primary teachers joining the profession this year.

Director Barry Simmons said: “Our aim is to recruit good teachers into primary schools, whether they are male or female, but it is encouraging to see more men choosing to teach in this sector.

“They are often popular with primary schools seeking a better male to female balance in an environment which has traditionally been female-dominated.

“The ratio of male to female teachers in secondary schools has always been about equal but we feel the small but significant increase in primary from about ten per cent to 15 per cent within just a couple of years is a positive thing.”

According to latest statistics published by the Department of Education, about a fifth of graduates training to work in primary schools are now men and the number has risen over the past six years. New schemes introduced to enable teachers to train in the classroom, and supported schemes to help people switch from their existing careers into teaching, have also boosted male entrants to the profession.

Jamie Brammer, aged 42, of Chapeltown previously worked as a sales representative before graduating from Sheffield Hallam University 2012 and joined Provide Education as a supply teacher in 2015.

Jamie said: “Teaching is hard work, but an incredibly rewarding career – you just need to go in with open eyes and an open heart.

“The best thing is seeing children experience that ‘light bulb’ moment when they suddenly understand what you are trying to teach them.

“I do think children need a balance of male and female role models and I’ve been welcomed into the profession. Although it was daunting for me to move careers and I really value the support I’ve been given by the team at Provide Education.”
Provide Education works with more than 2,200 teachers, teaching assistants and other support staff to fill vacancies in over 500 primary and secondary schools across Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

The education recruitment specialists are visiting universities and holding open days this month to sign up newly qualified teachers (NQTs) for both primary and secondary schools.

Barry, who set up Provide Education in 2007, said: “We are really keen to hear from all newly qualified male and female teachers interested in getting to work in the region’s schools.

“We work fast at Provide Education, so that we can get NQTs registered, approved and into work within days of finishing their teaching practices if they want.

“Supply teaching can help develop skills, boost confidence and provide a real insight into the kind of schools NQTs may want to work for long term. For many, it represents excellent experience before taking up a permanent post in September. For others, supply teaching can be a longer term career option.”

Every new candidate joining Provide Education has a face-to-face interview with one of the company’s consultants to ensure all essential paperwork and vetting procedures are carried out. The Provide team offer on-going support to the supply teachers on their books. Support is also offered with interviews and applications.

To find out more, visit or contact Provide Education’s offices on: South Yorkshire: 01226 729080; West Yorkshire: 01484 401207; and East Midlands: 01909 512101. Find Provide Education on Facebook and Twitter.

Below, Barry Simmons of Provide Educations speaks about a need for male primary school teachers.


Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows primary school teacher Jamie Brammer.

For more information, contact Barry Simmons on 01226 729080 or e-mail

Official figures at show that 21 per cent of students – around 4,100 – accepted on to primary training courses in 2012 were men (Department of Education School Workforce In England: November 2013 – published April 2014)

Provide Education is a specialist education recruitment agency which offers a 24-hour rapid response recruitment service to help schools in West and South Yorkshire and the East Midlands fill supply and permanent job vacancies.

Provide Education has its headquarters at Claycliffe Business Park in Barugh Green, Barnsley, and also two regional offices in Brighouse and Worksop.

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