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BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be launches in Dundee

This week, BAFTA and Place2Be teamed up to relaunch the BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be, visiting three primary schools in Dundee.

Ben Shires and Jenny Lawrence holding a BAFTA during a visit to Downfield Primary School

TV presenters Ben Shires (Dig Detectives, Officially Amazing) and Jenny Lawrence (Newsround) hosted special assemblies and a presenting masterclass at St Clement's, Camperdown and Downfield Primary Schools. The sessions aimed to champion pupils' creativity and boost confidence.

The children learnt soft skills to help emotional wellbeing and career progression and participated in competitions and round table discussions.

BAFTA has been partnering with Place2Be since 2016 as part of its core charitable work to nurture and inspire the next generation of creative talent. In 2021, our partnership won the Action for Children's Arts (ACA) Outstanding Contribution to Children's Arts Award.

In 2022, the Roadshow will work with seven Place2Be schools across the UK. The Roadshow exists to teach essential life skills through film, games, and television. The activities on offer provide access to talent to raise awareness and provide positive, inspiring role models within the industry. They also signpost potential careers in the industry and encourage and increase the diversity of young people interested in a career in arts and media.

I am thrilled to be back for another BAFTA Roadshow. It’s always one of the highlights of my job, and Dundee were very welcoming! The kids at Camperdown, St Clements and Downfield were very enthusiastic and keen to learn about the creative world of film, games and TV. I definitely witnessed a few rising stars in the making! Ben Shires, presenter of Sky Kids’ Dig Detectives
It's brilliant to be a part of the BAFTA Roadshow, which normalises the entertainment industry. I've had lots of fun in Dundee, where we talked to kids about what goes on behind the scenes. It's so important that kids know that the arts are there for everyone regardless of their background - it was great to see them smiling and having lots of fun! Jenny Lawrence, BBC Newsround presenter

Ben and Jenny with pupils from St Clement's RC Primary School

Annamarie Flynn, Head Teacher at St Clement’s Primary School, said:

“The BAFTA roadshow was such a positive experience for St Clement’s. Children’s learning is about new experiences as well as learning in the classroom. The aspirational message of the roadshow aligned with our ethos as a nurturing school where children gain resilience in a nurturing environment. The presenters’ message is underpinned by the four capacities of excellence in the Scottish curriculum: helping children become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.”

Ben and Jenny with pupils from Camperdown Primary School

Nicola Weryk, Head Teacher at Camperdown Primary School, said:

“The children had a great experience with the BAFTA roadshow and Place2Be. It was great to hear our students ask such thoughtful questions about the work of BAFTA and Jenny and Ben, the event hosts. We have had Place2Be for a few years at our Campus. Janice is such a valued member of our school community. I was delighted to see the children reflect on their wellbeing and understand why they need to try and be resilient. We had a positive day, a super experience for us all!”

Ben and Jenny with pupils from Downfield Primary School

Karen Emmett, Head Teacher at Downfield Primary School, said:

“Downfield Primary and Early Years Centre have been a Place2Be school for several years, and we were excited to host the BAFTA Roadshow for the first time this year. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to experience something different and will be a great way to build confidence whilst gaining a better understanding of mental health and resilience. Focusing on positive, inspirational role models was a real draw for us. We hope this will also help raise aspirations for the children within our school and encourage them to aim high.”

After living in uncertainty for 2 years and with schools closing due to the pandemic, we’re delighted to be back on the road again and working in partnership with BAFTA to launch the BAFTA Roadshow 2022 in Dundee. We’re proud to have provided mental health support in schools in Scotland for over 21 years and hope to expand our service further to support even more children and families. Sahir Permall, Director for Place2Be Scotland
Inspiring the next generation of budding creatives, designers, and content creators are central to BAFTA’s purpose. We are thrilled to partner with Place2Be on a new national roadshow, bringing established talent to regions across the UK to showcase the power of our brilliant screen industries. Nurturing children’s creativity is crucial for mental wellbeing and offers a wide variety of transferable skills. We believe it has a vital place in the school curriculum. This fantastic initiative champions a more inclusive screen industry by providing aspirations from an early age and highlighting the variety of career opportunities available. Lisa Prime, Head of Children & Young People’s Programmes at BAFTA

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