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The Government’s mental health tsar role has been dropped allegedly over her criticism of ‘over testing’ of children.
Natasha Devon, who was appointed to the role only last August, had been critical of the current policy drive of more rigorous testing.
This comes after thousands of parents took their children out of school on Tuesday protesting against tests for six and seven year olds were too ‘tough’ for their age.
It is understood Mrs Devon’s role, which was created to tackle taboos about mental health, was axed in an effort to silence her.
Only last week she highlighted issues affecting young people. She addressed record stress levels among the young.
And she criticised ‘nay-sayers’ who say ‘children need to be acclimatised to stress.’
She added: “They’re part of the problem…You cannot apply an adult amount of pressure to a child brain and expect them to cope.”
The Department for Education denied the scrapping of the post had anything to do with her criticism of government policies. Instead, officials said a new role made Mrs Devon’s position obsolete.