A passion for their subjects and an enjoyment of teaching – nine out of 10 students say these are the key qualities teachers need to have.
New research has also shown that most youngsters prefer lessons where teachers adapt their style to pupils’ abilities and encourage them to voice their ideas and opinions.
They are less keen on copying notes from a textbook or classroom board.
The My Education survey, which quizzed 8,000 secondary students in England, found that today’s youngsters have firm views on exams, qualifications and discipline.
Eighty-five per cent reckoned that exams should test their understanding of a subject rather than their ability to regurgitate facts, while 91 per cent agreed that “high-quality qualifications” which are respected by universities and employers will help them to achieve their goals in life.
More than three-quarters thought that there should be tougher discipline in schools too.
Eighty-three per cent said they would welcome more work experience opportunities and better careers advice and 88 per cent would like to be taught practical life skills, such as how to write a CV or manage a bank account.
The research was conducted as part of the My Education initiative, a campaign launched by Teach First and education company Pearson with the aim of giving young people a voice in decision-making in education.
Seven My Education youth ambassadors, all aged between 15 and 19, presented the report to a group of education leaders and ministers, including shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt, earlier this month.
Brett Wigdortz, founder and CEO of Teach First, said: “This research has demonstrated the importance of having capable, passionate teachers in the classroom, not just to help students pass exams, but to help them develop a full range of personal and professional skills that will be most useful to them in the world of work.”
For more information about the My Education report, visit http://uk.pearson.com/myeducation/my-education-report.html