Yesterday morning, three luminaries from the creative industry surprised students at Heathland Primary School in Harrow during their assembly. This was part of BAFTA and the mental health charity Place2Be’s renowned national schools roadshow aimed at inspiring young creatives.
MC Grammar (MC Grammar’s Wonder Raps), BAFTA-nominated actor Kia Pegg (CBBC’s Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground), and Gwendoline Christie (Netflix’s Wednesday, Green Eggs and Ham and Game of Thrones) were featured in the latest edition of the roadshow. Since 2017, BAFTA and Place2Be have toured 50 schools nationally, reaching over 6,500 pupils.
These roadshows incorporate diverse interactive elements, such as competitions, round table discussions, classroom meet and greets, games design workshops, and presenting masterclasses. This enduring partnership provides children with opportunities to boost confidence, access creative talent, and encounter positive role models, aiming to foster greater diversity in young people pursuing careers in arts and media
Gwendoline Christie, Wednesday and Game of Thrones actor, said: “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!”
Rapper, teacher, and viral sensation MC Grammar, said: “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, and it feels so important to let them know these creative jobs exist.”
Kia Pegg, Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground actor, added: “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 watching their confidence grow in real-time!”
Lisa Prime, Head of Children & Young People’s Programmes at BAFTA, said: “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 well-being and also offers a huge variety of transferable skills and we believe it has a vital place in the school curriculum.”