Creativity and the arts are so powerful to young hearts and minds and can be their salvation. In the midst of creative teaching and learning you cannot tell who is gifted and talented, who is Pupil Premium (disadvantaged) or who has special needs. It is inclusive, can communicate in a universal language, and can change lives for the better.Wendy Rawlinson Headteacher, Queen Victoria School, Dudley, Platinum Artsmark School
This month we bring you a possible end to Floor Targets; a highly critical report from the Health and Education Select Committees on the government’s Children’s Mental Health Green Paper; this month’s advocates, including 100 artists and the CBI; plus details of the Go Creative – Get a Job! Conference.
Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week from the 14-20 May, we are launching our new Briefing written in partnership with the children’s mental health charity a Place2Be. Including a foreword from a Place2Be’s President and Founder Dame Benita Refson, the briefing sets out why the arts make us happier and healthier and are key to supporting children’s good mental health.