Disaffected pupils are turning to street crime because the Prime Minister’s education policies have made their schools into exam factories, an academic warned.
After 10 years in power, Tony Blair’s Government has done “quite a lot of harm” to the school system, according to Professor Alan Smithers, from the University of Buckingham.
The Government’s relentless focus on testing children and imposing targets on schools has made children unhappy, disaffected, and failed to give them a real education, he said.
Prof Smithers, director of Buckingham’s centre for education and employment research, has conducted studies for the Government and is a key adviser to the Commons Education Select Committee.
Speaking at a National Union of Teachers conference in London, he said: “With Tony Blair’s departure imminent, it is a good time to ask what became of ‘education, education, education’.
“For all the splendid intentions, the rising test and exam scores and the extra money, it has to be said that his Government has done quite a lot of harm.
‘Exam-factory schools prompt crime’