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The Young BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in Derby

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Place2Be travelled to Derby last week taking the BAFTA Roadshow to Pear Tree Community Junior School. 

Brandon Cheung, Joe Tasker and Shanequa Paris standing outdoors with smiling children at Pear Tree Community Junior School.

Children at Pear Tree Community Junior School in Derby, were surprised with a Young BAFTA Roadshow visit on Friday. The visit was hosted by presenters Shanequa Paris (BBC Newsround, Radio 1) and Joe Tasker (CBBC's Saturday Mash-Up Live!, content creator).

Game developer Brandon Cheung also joined the Roadshow sharing his experiences of working for children’s reading and writing online programme The Night Zookeeper. Brandon was a BAFTA Young Game Designer finalist in 2015 aged just 14.

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

It has been so much fun spending the day with pupils at Pear Tree Community Junior School. The children brought so much enthusiasm and were eager to learn about career possibilities in film, TV, and gaming. It’s crucial we continue to foster interest in the creative industries among the younger generation. I can’t wait to see what this talented group of students do with the knowledge they have gained. Shanequa Paris, BBC Newsround and Radio 1’s Life Hacks presenter

Each roadshow includes a variety of interactive elements, including competitions, round table discussions and classroom meet and greets. There was also a games design workshop and a presenting masterclass, enabling the children to build their confidence.

The activities on offer grant children access to creative talent and positive role models. They also raise awareness and encourage the diversity of young people interested in a career in arts and media. 

I’m thrilled to be back hosting another BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be this year. The amazing pupils at Pear Tree Community Junior School brought buckets of positive energy to the presenting masterclass. I loved hearing about possible career paths across the screen industries. What a brill day! Joe Tasker, presenter on CBBC's Saturday Mash-Up Live! and content creator

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

All selected schools have a free school meals rate above the national average. Locations in England fall into the government’s education investment areas which were identified as part of the levelling up agenda.

Inspiring the next generation of budding creatives, designers and content creators is central to BAFTA’s purpose, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Place2Be on our national roundshow, 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 and also offers a huge variety of transferable skills and we believe it has a vital place in the school curriculum. This wonderful initiative champions a more inclusive screen industry by providing aspiration 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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