Three-quarters of Brits feel UK education system is too ‘one-size fits all’

Did your schooling fit your learning style – and do you even know what your learning style is? A quiz has been created to find out whether you are a “visual learner”, or someone who does better with kinesthetic – or hands-on – lessons, or perhaps somewhere in between.

It comes after a poll of 1,000 adults, aged 18-24, found three-quarters feel the UK education system is too “one-size fits all”.

And 85 percent believe there needs to be greater emphasis on individual learning needs, which support different styles and talents. More than one in 10 (14 percent) even believe they achieved worse grades than they could have got as a result of this.

It emerged 64 percent felt pressured to go down a more academic route – with art and design, music, and PE among subjects they now regret not taking.

Their reasons were that academic subjects would lead to a better job (52 percent), would get them into a good university (48 percent), and would please their parents or guardians (34 percent).

The research was commissioned by Hyundai, which has announced the second year of its Great British School Trip programme, designed to inspire children aged seven to 14 with engaging experiences outside of classrooms that align to the curriculum – covering subjects such as art, maths, and STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics).

Ashley Andrew, president of Hyundai & Genesis UK, said: “The findings from this study highlight the critical role the education system plays, and we want to help give more students the opportunity to succeed, by getting them out of the classroom and having subjects brought to life through real experiences.

“We know from previously speaking to teachers that school trips are important to bring more creativity to children’s educations. In fact, additional research that we carried out with teachers across the UK found that as many as 97 percent agree.

“Over the coming months, we look forward to supporting thousands of school trips nationally.”

The study also revealed 72 percent of the 18-24-year-olds polled would have liked to have done more creative subjects at school.

The top reasons for this desire included to express themselves (40 percent), tap into their passion and interests (40 percent), and because they identify as more creative than academic (31 percent).

However, 32 percent felt artistic or creative subjects were perceived as “the easy route” by those around them, while 25 percent were put off by them being considered less useful for the future.

If they had taken a more creative path, 31 percent feel they would have benefited from a boost in confidence, while 29 percent think it would have helped lead them into a career they were more interested in.

According to the research, carried out via, one in five claim the subjects they studied at school haven’t helped them at all in their current profession.

And of those who don’t currently work in their dream field, 30 percent admit they’d feel unprepared if they were about to start doing so.

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