Who is really in charge in UK schools?
According to statistics published last November by the Department for Education, there are approximately half a million teachers in the UK; approximately 70% are female, with male teachers representing just 30%. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-and-training-statistics-for-the-uk-2013
It seems a little surprising, then, that some academics want to stop pupils calling teachers ‘Sir’ or ‘Miss’, as they feel that the terms automatically bestow a lower status upon women.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion but some might question whether it might be better to focus on how to get more male teachers into our schools. Children need good role models of both sexes; the ‘status’ of a teacher surely depends more upon whether children respect his/her behaviour than upon the words ‘Sir’ or ‘Miss’.
Education historian Jacob Middleton explains that the first women teachers were invariably unmarried, and so addressed as Miss, while male teachers reinforced their occasionally shakey social status by insisting on Sir. Now, he says, "You probably want to go down the route of referring to female teachers as Sir as well. Raise the semantic status of women."