'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."


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.