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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Cloud and outbreaks of rain will ease away eastwards during the morning, clearing the east coast around midday with sunny spells developing.
Police and emergency services are attending the scene.
Rebel-held east remains at risk while the pumping station supplying the western part of the city is once again in operation.