A male primary school teacher claims he was the victim of sex discrimination after he lost out on a job to a young woman.
Glenn Telfer claims he was the top candidate for a permanent post at an Edinburgh primary after doing the job for several months, gaining praise from the head teacher and parents.
The 55-year-old was left out of work after the post was given to 25-year-old Louise Hunter.
Mr Telfer is taking the City of Edinburgh Council to an employment tribunal claiming sex and age discrimination.
On Friday, he told a hearing in Edinburgh that he began teaching in 2005 after caring for his daughter, now 18, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
He said he was covering a P4 class at Cramond Primary as a supply teacher last year.
He told them he was praised for his work by head teacher Una Gillespie who "said that she had never seen pupils like a teacher the way they liked me".
He added: "Before the end of term, Mrs Gillespie said she would like me to stay on and teach primary five, the current P4 class, in the next academic year."
Mr Telfer said he returned to the classroom in August last year as a supply teacher before the full-time post was advertised. He made the shortlist of seven candidates but, despite already teaching the class, lost out to Ms Hunter and left a week later.
He told the hearing: "Men just never seem to get a job. The school does employ men but they hold positions such as a janitor. When I was there I was the only male teacher in a school of over 30 women.
"I believe that the discrimination was evident at the interview process when I was told I would only be getting an interview due to the fact I was already working there.
"Quite a few people had said that if I was a young woman I would have got the job. It's not about men working in the school. It's about being able to work as a teacher."
Mr Telfer said he received messages of support from parents when they were informed he would be leaving the school.
He said: "I received emails through Facebook from parents trying to get the decision to remove me reversed. The emails said things like 'It's great having male teacher as it brings balance to the school', 'You were a role model for children', 'Mr Telfer is an inspiration'.”
Mr Telfer said his professional development folder showed examples of helping children in class and raising their grade standard and overall confidence in their own ability.
He said: "I also worked with children in learning support. There was a child who would lose his pen and cry or lose his seat and become upset. I made great progress with this child.
"I implemented a programme of positive behaviour where pupils were rewarded for things like cleverness, kindness and sharing. I wrote home to the parents of kids to tell them of their progress for the work that merited recognition.
"And the parents would also write and get in touch with me saying they noticed their child was expressing a keenness about school they never did before I started working there."
The hearing continues.
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