28/06/2016

Bursary Award to Boost Male Montessori Workforce

In its pursuit of widening participation and offering more balanced role models for children in Early Years settings, Montessori St Nicholas charity is today launching a Male Practitioner Bursary Scheme to encourage more male students to gain a qualification from Montessori Centre International (MCI).

Three bursaries of up to £3000 per qualifying student have been created using available funds from Montessori’s existing Birts Bursary scheme.

Each of the three Male Practitioner Bursaries will be awarded at three different points in the academic year – in July (for September start) January (for February start) and April  (for May intake). The successful candidates can use their award to offset their course fees.

Stephen Tommis, CEO of Montessori St Nicholas said,

In September 2015, our male entrants made up an impressive 17 per cent of all students studying at Montessori Centre International.   Typically we see only one to four per cent of male students qualifying with us, reflecting a wider gender imbalance across the early years workforce. This group of men, nearing completion of their training together, represents a one per cent overall increase in the entire Montessori workforce in the UK.

While this is a very encouraging sign, we are keen to sustain this level of interest and encourage more men to apply to study the Montessori Method.

That’s why today were announcing the launch of a Male Bursary Scheme to help support men who are inspired to pursue a career working with young children in the Montessori ethos.”

Sam Williams, who is currently studying to qualify with Montessori Centre International, said:

When I first started studying with Montessori, I thought, am I going to be prejudiced for being a man in a majority female workplace? But my view on that has now completely changed.

I don’t think that there are any specific aspects that a man cannot bring to the role. I think you bring in what you know as a person, regardless of gender, and that you as a person is whats important.

I’m really proud to say that I’ve been treated just as equally as everyone else. Its been the best thing that’s ever happened to me to be introduced to this world.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Awards will only be made to students who have registered to study at MCI and applicants will need to demonstrate their need for financial support.
  2. The bursary will be means-tested but available to all who are eligible to apply and meet the required academic standards.
  3. More information about Montessori St Nicholas’s  Birts Bursary Scheme.