STEM rocks - according to Barclays research

Computing and maths tops most popular school subject list

Computing and maths are dominating the list of school children's favourite subjects compiled by Barclays in new research.

Twenty-four per cent of children aged six to 12 interviewed by Barclays said computing and technology lessons are what they enjoy at school the most. On the contrary, most of the 1,000 children's parents surveyed in the same study would name English as their top subject, with some openly admitting they actually ‘dread’ helping their offspring with computer homework.

An overwhelming 40 per cent of the parents surveyed said they don’t enjoy helping their children hone their computer skills. The interviewed pupils confirmed this finding saying they mostly turn to their older siblings for help.

Maths came out as the second most popular subject in the study with 19 per cent of the children saying it was their absolute favourite.

At the other side of the spectrum were foreign languages, preferred by only 3 per cent of the surveyed children. Other non-STEM-related subjects fared similarly poorly with only 6 per cent of those surveyed choosing history as their number one field. Geography scored even worse – 4 per cent. English was chosen by 17 per cent of the pupils.

Barclays conducted the survey to coincide with the launch of its free service to help families, including parents and grandparents, to learn more about coding and computer programming.

The 'code playground' service will be available to Barclays customers and non-customers alike either online or in 300 of the bank's branches across the UK

The survey addressed about 1,000 parents and 1,000 children.

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