Natasha Devon highlighted the academic pressures facing young people, saying she knew her opinions would not be popular in some circles [Image: Steve Meddle/Rex/Shutterstock].

Natasha Devon highlighted the academic pressures facing young people, saying she knew her opinions would not be popular in some circles [Image: Steve Meddle/Rex/Shutterstock].

Tax Research UK’s Richard Murphy put it this way: “Wow: the police state really has arrived.”

The government has dropped its mental health champion for schools after she publicly criticised current education policies, in particular the testing regime, which she claims is detrimental to children’s mental health.

Natasha Devon was appointed by the government last August to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma surrounding young people’s mental health, as part of a wider £1.25bn drive to improve care.

On Wednesday, however, it emerged that the high-profile role had been axed, raising concerns that the government was attempting to silence her.

Source: Mental health champion for UK schools axed after criticising government | Education | The Guardian

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