There are fears the shortage could drive vulnerable boys towards dangerous misogynist male role models found on the internet.
With the majority of teaching assistants and lunchtime staff also female, many primary schools are staffed almost entirely by women.
Latest Department for Education figures reveal in England’s 16,755 primary schools there are 3,190 with no male teachers, with 638 having just one part-time male teacher.
With 280 children in the average primary school it means more than a million children attend a primary school without a single full-time male teacher.
The local authorities with the largest number of such schools are Derbyshire (136), Hampshire (128), Essex (128), North Yorkshire (128) Lancashire (126) and Hertfordshire (116).
Nick Fletcher, Conservative MP for Don Valley, said the nation was “letting our boys down”. Pressing for a recruitment drive, he warned that an absence of male role models meant boys could be influenced by figures such as Andrew Tate.
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Mr Fletcher said: “We’ve got a lack of male role models at home, a lack of male models in schools, and we do believe this is why young boys are looking to people like Andrew Tate.”
“We desperately need to do something, which is why I’ve been campaigning for a minister of men so they can look at this.” Describing the importance of men in the classroom, he said: “Children learn by watching.”
“If they see male role models behave how we want men in society to behave, they pick up from that and I think that’s a really good thing.”
Chris McGovern, of the Campaign for Real Education, said: “In many primary schools these days there is more chance of seeing a drag queen in the classroom than a male teacher.
“This is a crisis. Primary schools, in particular, are over-feminised and children are missing out. Male roles are important for boys and girls.”
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James Bowen, of the NAHT union, said: “A diverse school workforce helps children, especially those from deprived backgrounds, visualise positive futures and fulfil their potential.
The shortage of male teachers in primary schools needs to be challenged at every opportunity so that men entering the world of work see teaching as a desirable option.
“It is in part the result of entrenched stereotypes that are deeply embedded within society. “Schools already face a growing recruitment and retention crisis.
“The Government must also consider what can be done to improve diversity among school staff.” A DfE spokesperson said: “We want teaching to be an inclusive profession with equal opportunity for all, regardless of gender.”
“Since 2010, there has been an increase of more than 6,500 male teachers in state-funded nursery and primary schools.”
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