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The BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in Harrow

This week, BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Place2Be travelled to Harrow to bring the BAFTA Roadshow to Heathland Primary School. 

Kia Pegg (back left), Gwendoline Christie (back, second from left) and MC Grammar (back, right) standing outside with Healthland Primary School pupils. They are standing in front of the school sign, and smiling directly at the camera. Two children standing at the centre front are holding a BAFTA trophy.

On Wednesday 6 December, MC Grammar (MC Grammar's Wonder Raps), Kia Pegg (CBBC's Tracy Beaker Returns, The Dumping Ground) and Gwendoline Christie (Netflix's Wednesday) went to Heathland Primary School. They surprised the children during their morning assembly as part of the BAFTA and Place2Be's national school roadshow. 

The children were also able to take part in a special presenting masterclass, competitions and a roundtable discussion. 

What fun it’s been to meet and talk to the pupils at Heathland Primary School with BAFTA and Place2Be. I’ve had a great time hearing from them throughout the day, and I hope they feel inspired by our time together! Gwendoline Christie, actress in Netflix's Wednesday

Gwendoline Christie (left) and Kia Pegg (right) presenting in assembly to the pupils at Heathland Primary School. Gwendoline is standing in the centre of hall and is talking to the children.

As a teacher, I’ve always loved inspiring children’s creativity, so joining forces with BAFTA and Place2Be for the Roadshow felt like a no-brainer! It’s been really enlightening to introduce the Heathland Primary School pupils to the different careers in the film, TV and games industries. It feels so important to let them know these creative jobs exist. MC Grammar, viral rapper and teacher

MC Grammar with pupils at Heathland Primary School during a roundtable discussion. The children are sitting in a circle and laughing. MC Grammar is standing up and making a joke to the children.

I’m so happy to be back hosting the BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be at Heathland Primary School, I hope we’ve been able to inspire them to think about a future in entertainment. I really loved watching the children try the acting masterclass, and watch their confidence grow in real time! Kia Pegg, actress in Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground

Kia Pegg presenting the BAFTA Roadshow to pupils at Heathland Primary School. She is holding a microphone and is looking away from the camera.

What is the BAFTA Roadshow?

The Roadshow exists to champion children’s creativity and teach important life skills through film, games, and television. 

Each roadshow includes a variety of interactive elements, including:

  • competitions
  • round table discussions
  • classroom meet and greets
  • a games design workshop
  • presenting masterclass.

The activities give children access to creative talent and positive role models, while raising awareness and encouraging young people interested in a career in arts and media.  

BAFTA has been partnering with Place2Be since 2016. This year the BAFTA Roadshow has visited a number of Place2Be partner schools across Scotland, Wales and England.

MC Grammar (left) and Kia Pegg (right) presenting the BAFTA Roadshow to pupils at Heathland Primary School. They are standing with the children facing towards them.

Inspiring the next generation of budding creatives, designers and content creators is central to BAFTA’s purpose. Our national roadshow is one of our crown jewels, bringing talent to regions across the UK to showcase the power of our brilliant screen industries. Nurturing children’s creativity is crucial for mental wellbeing. It also offers a huge variety of transferable skills and we believe it has a vital place in the school curriculum. Lisa Prime, Head of Children & Young People’s Programmes at BAFTA

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