I'm glad you've joined the thread! Great to hear from a male primary teacher. I'm also glad you too remember the push for male primary school teachers. You were a year or so ahead of me in training.
You mention women jumping through hoops ... during my first and second teaching practices I was paired with a male student. From day one of each we were treated differently. The male student was different each time but on both occasions the teaching staff were giving him all the opportunities, encouragement and heaven knows what else while I was pretty much left to fend for myself! It was very discouraging and I hope that didn't happen elsewhere. I was relieved to find myself the only student from my college at my final teaching practice because at least I got the attention I needed to progress.
Historically women went into teaching because it was one of the few roles open to them in days when opportunities for women were severely restricted. But also the nurturing aspect of primary school teaching has tended to be perceived as the domain of womanhood which does men a great disservice IMO. This is what I was referring to when speaking about the in loco parentis role and how it is not the discussions and activities with males per se which are important, but being 'father'; ie the caring element. Men need to be secure in being gentle as well as authoritative in order to be successful in the classroom. Women need to find their 'voice' in order to overcome the child's familiarity with the woman in a mothering only role.
I don't know how you manage without a door on your classroom! Perhaps your school is simply quieter than those I have experienced! I think having no doors is a step too far tbh. But certainly safeguarding the children AND the teacher's reputation should be a top priority at all times.
I was referring more to what males had to do to get on the course. I observed in a school for 2 weeks whereas most of the women had been a TA for a couple of years or been helping out for a much longer period. On teaching practise I don't think I was treated any differently, certainly no less harsh. My second School Based Tutor prided herself on having failed students regularly!
We've got a new head and he's bringing the doors back. I haven't minded no doors but it can be disruptive when other classes walk by, I think the logic is that it discourages the sort of teacher that has a 'behind closed doors' approach when it comes to doing meaningful work and stops the sort of roaring you might have got in days gone past.
Out of 12 staff in my school, 4 are male including the head and deputy and 3 of those including myself teach in KS2. This is relatively rare but not massively so, I've been the only male before but usually there is at least 1 other. There was a forward-thinking school in Liverpool that had almost all male staff; it was regularly made fun of elsewhere as apparently it was shambolically organised.
Things won't massively change until societies perceptions of men and womens roles in society truly change as it seen as largely a woman's job. Even within school I often joke about it but guess who is called first to do the heavy lifting or run the sports teams?
One last comment regards to secondary and earnings, for the average teacher the pay scale is the same but there are more opportunities to increase pay in a secondary environment. In a primary school you have responsibility points, deputy headship and headship. In secondary there is head of department, head of year, deputy and headship. The pay for those is greater in a secondary school.