Emma Seith

English unpopular in P2-7, ‘depressing’ research finds

It is the least liked subject alongside RME, study into science CPD reveals

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English is one of the least popular subjects among primary school pupils, research involving thousands of children has revealed.

The University of Glasgow study has been described as “depressing” by a literacy expert who blamed the “phonics, phonics, phonics” mantra in early primary.

The researchers found that literacy and language, and RME, were the least popular subjects – and their popularity waned over the 10-month period covered by the study.

While P5-7 children generally became more negative towards school and the subjects they were studying, it was only in RME and English where less ...

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