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Saturday 22 September 2018

Best days of our lives? No, 52pc hated school...

They are meant to be the happiest days of your life, but for many people, their school days were the stuff of nightmares, a survey suggests.

Maths was the worst culprit, with more than one in four people (26pc) saying the subject left them in a cold sweat.

This rose to almost a third (31pc) among women alone, compared to just a under a fifth (18pc) for men.

And it wasn't just the subject, maths teachers topped a list of 'nightmare teachers', the poll found.

The survey asked 1,500 adults about their school experiences.

It found that more than half (52pc) described their experience of school between the ages of eight and 16 as a "nightmare".

While maths was the worst subject, English was voted as the most popular, with nearly a fifth (18pc) describing it as their dream lesson, putting it above history and art.

But despite maths being unpopular, the adults questioned were three times more likely to bunk off PE lessons than get out of classes on fractions and long division.

Overall, PE was the lesson that made people skip school the most, the UK poll found.

Nearly a third (31pc) of those questioned said they never had a dream teacher at school.

The key qualities of a dream teacher are enthusiasm, good subject knowledge, and friendliness, the survey found, while those of a nightmare teacher are being unfriendly, grumpy and impatient.

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