IELTS Writing Task 1: A bar chart

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Here is a band 9 sample answer from an examiner: (189 words)

The bar chart compares the percentage of male and female teachers in six types of different educational institutions in the UK in 2010. The educational settings range from Nursery to University and significant differences between the two genders is evident.

According to the chart, women predominated in schools for children. This was particularly true of schools for very young children. For example, over 95 percent of nursery school teachers were female. The situation was similarly one-sided in primary schools, where over 90 percent of teachers were women.

Men and women were more equally represented in teaching institutions catering for older children and young adults: secondary schools and colleges. College lecturers, for example, were 50 per cent female and 50 per cent male.

On the other end of the scale, males held a larger share of teaching posts in higher-level institutions. This was particularly illustrated in the University sector, where twice as many males were teaching staff than females.

Overall, women were more likely to hold the more typical maternal roles of teaching young children. Males, on the other hand, predominated in the higher status teaching role of university lecturer.

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