English: The best taught subject in UK

December 28, 2012, 6:00 AM GMT+0

Public says English was the best taught subject in school but the sciences are catching up fast

Britons think English is the best taught school subject as almost nine in ten (87%) say the subject was well-taught in their school, while only 11% say it wasn’t. Maths is the second best taught with 80% favourability and Geography third (76%). In both cases 18% think they were taught the subjects badly.

Music comes out worst with almost a third (32%) saying it was taught badly and a slim majority (52%) say they were well taught.

The lessening of some lessons

However, while the over-60s have a high opinion of how they learned English, younger people are noticeably less favourable. History and Geography also follow the same trend.

  • 92% of over-60s say English was taught well when they were at school versus 84% of 18-24 year-olds
  • Four in five (80%) people aged 60+ say History was taught well at their school compared to 71% of under-25s
  • 82% of the oldest cohort believe they were taught Geography well compared to just under a third (66%) of the youngest group questioned

Sciences surging

The opposite is true of the sciences, though, with younger people having more favourable views than older people on the way they learned Biology, Chemistry and Physics:

  • 72% of 18-24 year olds believe they were taught Biology well compared to just over half (56%) of over-60s
  • 70% of under-25s think they were taught Chemistry well in contrast to 56% of people aged 60+
  • More than two-thirds (69%) of the youngest respondents say that Physics was taught well at their school compared to just under half (49%) of the oldest respondents

See the full results here