As the war surrounding the future of Britain’s education system rages on, the only thing that’s certain is our schools are set for some fundamental shake-ups in the coming years.

From the growth of the grammar school system to the concept of an all-inclusive national education service, politicians have plenty to say when it comes to where and why our children’s education could be improved - and Londoners do too.

A survey has revealed what people in the capital would change about our schools - from tackling bullying and bad behaviour to implementing vital new programmes.

Investment in education

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the British government came under fire in this survey. More than half of Londoners surveyed said increased government funding could make a huge difference to our education system - with more than three quarters of Gen Y voters blaming insufficient funds for the school system’s current failings.

This call for increased funding comes after Jeremy Corbyn’s outline for a national education service, designed to offer learning opportunities at every stage of life and close the growing productivity gap.

Anti-bullying initiatives

According to the BBC, this year’s Pride Glasgow festival included a drive for schools to educate children on LGBTI issues – and more than two-thirds of women in London agree tackling discrimination and bullying should be a key focus going forward.

The idea of placing more emphasis on anti-bullying initiatives resonated particularly strongly with younger Londoners - as three-quarters of voters between 18 and 24 said tackling bullying should be priority number one.

Issues of empowerment

One resounding call from the survey was a push for more power to be placed in the hands of both teachers and their pupils.

Almost a third of Londoners surveyed said schools could do more to motivate children, with 43 per cent of women citing this as an area for significant improvement.

But this call for empowerment didn’t stop there. Rather than blaming teachers or heads for our schools’ shortcomings, a third of Londoners thought empowering teachers could be the answer to improving the education system.

More than a fifth of 25-34-year-olds surveyed also believe freeing up headteachers from day-to-day administrative duties could give them a vital opportunity to invest in school development.

New schools of thought

The results of the survey saw Londoners call educational paradigms into question, suggesting that a shake-up to several aspects of the UK school system could be a step in the right direction.

Many Londoners put stock in students’ progress – calling for simpler exams, more frequent updates for parents and the implementation of on-site anti-theft measures.

In the wake of Britain’s record-breaking performance at the Rio 2016 Olympics, 42 per cent of London’s male voters believe new health and fitness programmes could get our schools back on their feet.

The concept of sustainable schools, however, didn’t make much of an impression with Londoners - as just three per cent of respondents pushed for a more eco-friendly approach.

The survey was conducted by Action Storage

  • What do you hate most about the British school system? Do archaic curriculums drive you mad, or do you think anti-bullying initiatives have a long way to go? Add your comments below.