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A report into what young people believe they need for a better education has shown "how high" their aspirations are, according to the education company behind the research.
Pearson UK chief, Rob Bristow said research showed pupils wanted an "engaging, challenging, adaptable" education.
Over nine in ten pupils believe passionate teachers are vital to a decent education, research has found.
Education company Pearson and charity Teach First found 93% of pupils wanted educators to have an enjoyment of teaching and their subject.
The survey of more than 8,000 pupils also found:
- 91% believed robust qualifications respected by teachers and universities would help them achieve their goals in life.
- 81% thought teachers should have more time to get to know their pupils.
- Around 85% favoured exams that tested a student's understanding of a subject rather than their ability to regurgitate facts.
- 82% favoured lessons with links to workplace skills.
Young people want tougher punishments for fellow pupils who misbehave, research has shown.
A study from Pearson and Teach First found over three quarters, 77%, of schoolchildren believe strict discipline will help all students with their education.
Over 8,000 pupils were questioned as part of the study and told researchers they wanted inspiring teachers, decent textbooks and robust qualifications.