Children's wellbeing neglected as schools 'focus on academics'

School children are having their health and happiness neglected because they focus purely on academic achievement, experts have warned. A report published in the BMJ warned focusing solely on achievement could push pupils towards "risky" behaviour.

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'Astonishing' BMJ should criticise education policy

It is "astonishing" the BMJ should criticise the Government for focusing so heavily on academic achievement and not a policy the Department of Education "will ever apologise for," a spokesman said.

Getting a good education is the surest way out of poverty - and poverty is one of the greatest causes of ill-health.

It is frankly astonishing that the BMJ should criticise this Government for 'encouraging schools to maximise students' academic attainment'.

That is not something which we will ever apologise for.

– A Department for Education spokesman

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