A new poll has revealed that most people in the UK have a great deal of respect for school teachers.

The report, which has been published by the Department for Education, reveals the answers to public attitudes towards:

  • The role of schools
  • Preschool care and education
  • Post -16 education
  • Child protection and child abuse
  • Disability and special educational needs.

Carried out every year since 1983, the British Social Attitudes survey found that 80% of those who responded said they had confidence in the UK’s schooling system, with those reporting they had ‘complete’ or a ‘great deal’ of confidence rising from 23% six years ago to 28% today.

Another impressive result was for those who asked were asked about state funded secondary schools with 83% of those who responded saying that schools teach young people the basic skills need, such as maths and English, ‘very well’ or ‘well’; that’s a big rise from 1987’s figure of 56%.

Secondary schools bring out their students’ natural abilities

Another highlighted result is for secondary schools to bring out their students’ natural abilities which has also increased; in 1987 just 85% of people agreed with the statement and that’s risen to 60% today.

The findings from respondents to the survey also reveal that 83% believe that teachers in state funded secondary schools are doing a ‘good job’.

The survey also reveals teaching is the UK’s third most respected profession – with doctors in first place and members of the armed forces in second.

The findings have been published on the Department for Education’s website which reveal that 53% of respondents said they had a ‘great deal’ of respect for teachers.

In addition, 39% said they ‘respected’ teachers.

Parents most likely to respect teachers

An analysis of the survey reveals that parents with preschool children are the most likely to respect teachers; 64% said they had a ‘great deal’ of respect.

The same group saw half of respondents saying there were no disadvantages to children who are aged between three and four years old from going to nursery though some parents said the most common disadvantage is their children run the risk of picking up bad habits.

The survey also reveals that 47% of people believe that secondary schools prepare their students ‘well’ or ‘very well’ for work. That’s a fall from the survey’s 2000 figure of 55%.

‘Attitudes to education and children’s services’

The report, ‘Attitudes to education and children’s services: the British Social Attitudes survey 2016’, also highlights the difficulties young people have now in finding the job when they leave full-time education.

Indeed, 69% of respondents said it was more difficult now for young people to find work with just 7% saying it’s easier now.

Among the reasons given for why young people find it difficult to find work easily is, the respondents said, a higher level of competition in the workplace, for 62%, followed by, 56% of respondents saying the students lacked of work experience to find a job.