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Figures show increase in male trainee teachers

More men are signing up to become primary teachers, official figures show.

Two years ago, about 18% were men (3,470 in total) but that has increased to about 4,100 men, according to data published by the Teaching Agency.

The latest figures show an increase in trainee male primary school teachers. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

The rise comes amid continuing concerns that there are not enough men in the profession, and young children do not enough have enough male role models.

The figures also show that there has been a fall in the number of trainee maths teachers.