MALE teachers make up just a quarter of the Gloucestershire school workforce, figures suggest.

The Association of School and College Leaders has called on the Government to reverse the fall in teacher salaries nationally to attract more men and women into the profession.

Department for Education figures show that there were 5,900 teachers in state-funded schools in Gloucestershire as of November 2021 – with 1,461 of them men.

This means male teachers make up just 24.8% of the workforce in the area in the 2021-22 academic year.

However, this is up from 24.5% in 2020-21.

Across England, just 14% of nursery and primary school teachers, 35% of secondary teachers, and 25% of special school

and PRU teachers are men.

Overall, 24.2% of state-funded school teachers are male – the joint-lowest proportion since records began in 2010-11.

The DfE figures show that despite teaching being a female-dominated industry, men tend to earn more than women.

In Gloucestershire schools, men earn £41,604 – 5% more than women, who make £39,706 on average.