Would more male teachers enhance boys’ academic performance?

An individual will always remember a good teacher and all that they taught them. There are many uniquely brilliant teachers out there who have passed on their passion for their subject and inspired learners to achieve good grades as a result. Good teachers do not come in a set mould though; they all have differences, from teaching methods to personalities; but does a teacher’s gender really affect how pupils perform?

 

It has recent been revealed, following new research, that female teachers give male pupils lower marks than they deserve. Another major discovery of this research is that boys have admitted to putting in less effort if they think their work is going to be marked by a woman. As a result of this news, it has been suggested that bringing in more male teachers could solve the problem of boys’ under-performance at schools and stop them from ‘lagging behind’. Whilst it is true that male teachers only make up a small percentage of teaching staff in schools, it is difficult to say whether an increase in male teachers would really solve the issue.

 

It’s not just boys who are having a tough time of it at school. Regardless of their gender, thousands of British teenagers are failing to achieve good grades in both Maths and English and some pupils are even leaving school with the numeracy levels of a seven year old. Surely this indicates that the problem is far bigger than just boys underachieving because they are being taught by female teachers? Maybe the problem lies with what is being taught and how it is delivered rather than who is doing the delivery.

 

It is a widely reported problem that pupils are becoming increasingly disengaged with subjects even before they reach secondary school, with children complaining that lessons are ‘boring’. Schools have been criticised for putting too much emphasis on theory and not focusing enough on ‘real-world’ application. If schools were to take a different approach to teaching and show pupils how subjects like maths can be applied to everyday life then they may be able to turn things around and re-engage students.

 

At Tutors4GCSE we believe that pupils should be engaged in their studies and that subjects should be broken down to help develop understanding. We use ‘real-world’ examples to help students get to grips with both theory and application. If you know of someone who could benefit from our ‘fun’ approach to learning then contact us today – everyone should be given a chance to reach their full potential.

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