Revealed: What’s Wrong with Britain’s Education System

At Action Storage, we conducted an online study to find out where Brits believe our education system is falling short. With options covering everything from increased government funding and dealing with bad behaviour to simplifying the exam process and adopting a more eco-friendly approach, we wanted to find out where Brits think schools could be improved most.

After being asked which areas they thought presented the greatest opportunity for improvement, 10,000 participants across the UK shared their stance on exactly what’s wrong with the British school system.

Respondents were allowed to select multiple answers, and the results are below – segmented by gender, age bracket and location.

 

Topline results:

In which of the following areas do you think schools could be improved most?

  • Increased government funding: 46.3%
  • Tackling bullying: 44.3%
  • Motivating children: 39.8%
  • Empowering teachers: 38.3%
  • Dealing with bad behaviour: 35.8%
  • Implementing health and fitness programmes: 30.8%
  • Investing in new equipment: 25.9%
  • Simplifying the exam process: 18.4%
  • Updating parents on their children’s progress: 16.9%
  • Freeing up head teachers to invest in school development: 12.9%
  • Preventing theft on school premises: 11.4%
  • Adopting an environmentally friendly approach: 10.9%
  • Other: 5.5%

 

Males:

In which of the following areas do you think schools could be improved most?

  • Increased government funding: 45.0%
  • Tackling bullying: 42.7%
  • Empowering teachers: 40.0%
  • Motivating children: 39.6%
  • Implementing health and fitness programmes: 35.4%
  • Dealing with bad behaviour: 32.3%
  • Investing in new equipment: 26.3%
  • Updating parents on their children’s progress: 17.5%
  • Simplifying the exam process: 14.6%
  • Preventing theft on school premises: 10.4%
  • Freeing up head teachers to invest in school development: 10.0%
  • Adopting an environmentally friendly approach: 10.0%
  • Other: 6.0%

 

Females:

In which of the following areas do you think schools could be improved most?

  • Increased government funding: 54.4%
  • Tackling bullying: 50.0%
  • Motivating children: 41.7%
  • Dealing with bad behaviour: 38.1%
  • Empowering teachers: 36.8%
  • Implementing health and fitness programmes: 33.3%
  • Investing in new equipment: 23.5%
  • Simplifying the exam process: 21.4%
  • Freeing up head teachers to invest in school development: 19.1%
  • Updating parents on their children’s progress: 17.6%
  • Preventing theft on school premises: 14.3%
  • Adopting an environmentally friendly approach: 11.8%
  • Other: 5.1%

 

18-24s:

In which of the following areas do you think schools could be improved most?

  • Increased government funding: 40.7%
  • Tackling bullying: 54.5%
  • Simplifying the exam process: 30.3%
  • Empowering teachers: 29.6%
  • Investing in new equipment: 29.6%
  • Motivating children: 27.3%
  • Dealing with bad behaviour: 27.3%
  • Implementing health and fitness programmes: 21.2%
  • Updating parents on their children’s progress: 14.8%
  • Freeing up head teachers to invest in school development: 11.1%
  • Adopting an environmentally friendly approach: 11.1%
  • Preventing theft on school premises: 9.1%
  • Other: 10.4%

 

25-34s:

In which of the following areas do you think schools could be improved most?

  • Empowering teachers: 48.4%
  • Increased government funding: 45.2%
  • Motivating children: 38.9%
  • Tackling bullying: 36.1%
  • Implementing health and fitness programmes: 27.8%
  • Dealing with bad behaviour: 25.0%
  • Investing in new equipment: 16.1%
  • Updating parents on their children’s progress: 16.1%
  • Adopting an environmentally friendly approach: 16.1%
  • Freeing up head teachers to invest in school development: 9.7%
  • Simplifying the exam process: 8.3%
  • Preventing theft on school premises: 2.8%
  • Other: 6.5%

 

35-44s:

In which of the following areas do you think schools could be improved most?

  • Tackling bullying: 57.9%
  • Motivating children: 57.9%
  • Empowering teachers: 52.0%
  • Increased government funding: 44.0%
  • Implementing health and fitness programmes: 42.1%
  • Investing in new equipment: 32.0%
  • Dealing with bad behaviour: 26.3%
  • Freeing up head teachers to invest in school development: 24.0%
  • Updating parents on their children’s progress: 16.0%
  • Preventing theft on school premises: 10.5%
  • Adopting an environmentally friendly approach: 8.0%
  • Simplifying the exam process: 5.3%
  • Other: 0.0%

 

45-54s:

In which of the following areas do you think schools could be improved most?

  • Dealing with bad behaviour: 56.0%
  • Increased government funding: 53.8%
  • Tackling bullying: 36.0%
  • Empowering teachers: 30.8%
  • Preventing theft on school premises: 24.0%
  • Motivating children: 24.0%
  • Investing in new equipment: 23.1%
  • Implementing health and fitness programmes: 20.0%
  • Simplifying the exam process: 20.0%
  • Updating parents on their children’s progress: 15.4%
  • Freeing up head teachers to invest in school development: 11.5%
  • Adopting an environmentally friendly approach: 7.7%
  • Other: 3.8%

 

55-64s:

In which of the following areas do you think schools could be improved most?

  • Motivating children: 56.0%
  • Increased government funding: 52.6%
  • Dealing with bad behaviour: 52.0%
  • Implementing health and fitness programmes: 48.0%
  • Tackling bullying: 40.0%
  • Empowering teachers: 31.6%
  • Updating parents on their children’s progress: 21.1%
  • Simplifying the exam process: 20.0%
  • Investing in new equipment: 15.8%
  • Adopting an environmentally friendly approach: 15.8%
  • Preventing theft on school premises: 12.0%
  • Freeing up head teachers to invest in school development: 10.5%
  • Other: 8.0%

 

65+:

In which of the following areas do you think schools could be improved most?

  • Implementing health and fitness programmes: 76.9%
  • Increased government funding: 64.3%
  • Tackling bullying: 53.8%
  • Dealing with bad behaviour: 53.8%
  • Empowering teachers: 50.0%
  • Motivating children: 46.2%
  • Investing in new equipment: 35.7%
  • Updating parents on their children’s progress: 28.6%
  • Freeing up head teachers to invest in school development: 28.6%
  • Simplifying the exam process: 23.1%
  • Preventing theft on school premises: 23.1%
  • Adopting an environmentally friendly approach: 1.3%
  • Other: 0.0%

 

England:

In which of the following areas do you think schools could be improved most?

  • Increased government funding: 49.1%
  • Tackling bullying: 43.9%
  • Empowering teachers: 39.1%
  • Motivating children: 39.0%
  • Dealing with bad behaviour: 36.0%
  • Implementing health and fitness programmes: 28.7%
  • Investing in new equipment: 24.8%
  • Updating parents on their children’s progress: 18.6%
  • Simplifying the exam process: 15.9%
  • Freeing up head teachers to invest in school development: 12.4%
  • Preventing theft on school premises: 11.0%
  • Adopting an environmentally friendly approach: 9.9%
  • Other: 5.5%

 

Scotland:

In which of the following areas do you think schools could be improved most?

  • Implementing health and fitness programmes: 40.9%
  • Increased government funding: 36.4%
  • Empowering teachers: 36.4%
  • Investing in new equipment: 36.4%
  • Motivating children: 31.8%
  • Tackling bullying: 27.3%
  • Dealing with bad behaviour: 27.3%
  • Simplifying the exam process: 27.3%
  • Freeing up head teachers to invest in school development: 27.3%
  • Adopting an environmentally friendly approach: 18.2%
  • Updating parents on their children’s progress: 18.2%
  • Preventing theft on school premises: 9.1%
  • Other: 9.1%

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