'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


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.