Survey reveals headship ambition gender gap

Male teachers twice as likely to see themselves in a headteacher role within a decade, poll finds

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Men working in teaching are more than twice as likely to see themselves in a headteacher role in 10 years’ time compared with women, a Teacher Tapp survey finds, the TES reports.

21 per cent of male primary school teachers said they would be a headteacher, versus 9 per cent of women when asked what job in education they would be doing in an “ideal world” in 10 years’ time.

The poll of more than 6,000 teachers shows a wider gender gap at secondary level, with just 3 per cent of female teachers saying they would see themselves in a headteacher role, compared with 10 per cent of male teachers.

Female teachers taking part in the survey were more likely than men to say they could see themselves in a pastoral role.

Vivienne Porritt, strategic leader for the Women Ed  campaign group, which promotes female leadership in education, called the findings “very disappointing”.

The poll comes after the Department for Education was criticised for having only men in its team of ministerial advisers.