'We need to nail down rigorous academic standards'

The UK needs to "nail down rigorous academic standards" in its education system, according to a leading columnist.

Angela Epstein dismissed calls for more to be done to protect children's wellbeing as schools took a tougher academic focus.

She said: "We have poor standards of numeracy and literacy in this country. Children learn by being amongst their peers and by children being children."

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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.