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BAFTA Kids Roadshow visits Liverpool and Manchester


This week the BAFTA Kids Roadshow visited schools in Liverpool and Manchester. Pupils at two primary schools were treated to a TV presenting masterclass to boost their confidence and creativity, delivered by popular children’s TV presenters.

In Liverpool, pupils at Windsor Community Primary were joined by Blue Peter and CBBC presenters Lindsey Russel and Ed Petrie. Pupils at Haveley Hey Community School in Manchester were visited by TV and radio presenters Katie Thistleton and Sam Homewood.

As well as the TV Presenting masterclass, the Roadshow offers a Key Stage 2 School assembly and interviews with the hosts and guest speakers. Award-winning writer, Helen Blakeman, spoke to pupils in Liverpool, while Manchester pupils heard from Newsround presenter and journalist, Leah Boleto.

Pupils at Haveley Hay Primary with Katie Thistleton and Sam Homewood

Pupils at Haveley Hey with Katie Thistleton, Sam Homewood and Leah Boleto.

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Pupils at Windsor Community Primary with Ed Petrie, Lindsey Russel and Helen Blakeman.


Fiona Pickering, the Headteacher of Windsor Community Primary School said: “The positive role models involved with the BAFTA roadshow and masterclass are a great inspiration for all of our children here at Windsor.  It helps to demonstrate to our children how self-confidence and resilience (both of which are also Windsor Values) help to impact positively on their well-being.”

The BAFTA Kids Roadshow, which was named the London Book Fair's Charity of the Year in January, has been travelling all around the UK in the past 2 years, visiting schools in Bath, Birmingham, Bradford, Cardiff, Croydon, Easington, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Harlow, Leeds, Manchester, Margate, North Ayrshire, Preston and Salford.

Over the next few months, we are excited to bring the Roadshow to more schools.

Want to find out more? Read about the history of the roadshow and keep up with our travels across the UK.


Katie Thistleton, CBBC and Radio One presenter, and Place2Be Ambassador, said:

“The BAFTA Kids roadshow is one of my favourite things to do. Not only do we have lots of fun and games teaching the kids what goes on behind the scenes of making BAFTA award winning telly, film and games, but we link up with Place2Be and include confidence building, resilience and kindness as key themes. I always come away feeling warm and fuzzy and so impressed with the Place2Be schools, and that feeling is even greater when it’s pupils from my home city of Manchester!”

Sam Homewood, television presenter, said

“I loved visiting Manchester with the BAFTA Kids Roadshow. It’s so important that children know the arts are there for them regardless of their background, after all there’s no one more creative than the children – and Manchester’s kids proved that today!” 

Lindsey Russell, Blue Peter presenter, said:

“I’ve been doing the BAFTA Kids roadshow for a few years now and I have to say it’s a true highlight of my job. It’s always so inspiring and something I wish I’d been exposed to when I was growing up.”

Ed Petrie, CBBC presenter, said:

“It was a pleasure to spend the day in Liverpool, showing the kids all the upsides, and downsides, to a life in the word of entertainment – and hopefully one of these kids will become a big media mogul one day and give me and Lindsey a job or two!”

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