'The government’s mental health champion has warned that children are being made ill because art, drama, music and sport lessons are being squeezed out of school timetables by ministers’ insistence on a more academic curriculum. Natasha Devon, who suffered from the eating disorder bulimia nervosa as a student, said the scale of self-harm among schoolchildren has soared in the past decade, partly because of exam pressures, the rise of social media and parents being too “stressed” to give enough quality time to their families.'You can read more by clicking on the smiley above but be warned, it’s the Sunday Times and you’ll need to be a subscriber!
'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.'
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New £15 Million Funds Open to Increase Diversity of England's Arts and Culture
The Arts Council England has launched two new funds which focus on diversity in art and culture. The Change Makers fund will help address the lack of diversity in arts leadership, while the Sustained Theatre fund will support Black and minority ethnic theatre makers.
The new £2.6 million Change Makers fund will provide grants of £100,000 - £150,000 to support a cohort of Black, minority ethnic and disabled leaders to develop their leadership skills.
The £2 million Sustained Theatre fund will provide grants of £200,000 - £500,000 to support the development of established and emerging Black and minority ethnic theatre makers and increase their representation across the wider theatre sector in England.
The closing date for submitting an expression of interest to the Change Makers Fund is the 28th April 2016 with a closing date for full applications on the 23rd June 2016. Click HERE.
Artists International Development Fund
The Arts Council England has announced that the next closing date for its Artists International Development programme is the 1st June 2016. This funding stream is for artists to develop links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in other countries. Freelance and self-employed artists can apply for small grants of £1,000 to £5,000 to spend time building these links to broaden the Artist's horizons and open their work to other perspectives. The programme is open to emerging and mid-career artists working in combined arts, literature, music, theatre, dance, visual arts and crafts and design. Click HERE.
Sound Sense Director
£36k – £41k, location anywhere reasonable in the UK
Closing date: 5pm Thursday 9 June
An exciting opportunity to lead Sound Sense, the UK professional association of community music and community musicians, following the retirement of the post holder after more than 20 years' service. You would join us at an important time, with membership numbers ever-increasing, UK-wide strategic partnerships to develop further, significant projects (getting care homes singing, community music pedagogy) to fundraise for, and fresh plans for organisational development. More details and application pack HERE.