Lesson planning

19 January 2021

Join our assembly for Children’s Mental Health Week 2021

Matt Hood OBE

Chief Executive

Children’s Mental Health Week runs next month from 1st-7th February, and this year it’s even more essential than ever to make sure pupils are supported with the disruption, uncertainty and isolation that many of them have faced recently.

We’re really proud to be working alongside the incredible charities Place2Be and BAFTA Kids to bring you a free assembly at 9am on Monday 1st February on the theme of the week - ‘Express Yourself’.

Children's mental health week virtual assembly poster

After the success of Oak’s series of special assemblies during the first school closures, it’s an honour to be hosting this one-off assembly to gather schools and families in our virtual ‘school hall’ and provide an easy way to bring the nation's children together with a positive message about the power of creative self-expression.

Famous faces and contributors will also be taking part live from their homes - so it’s not to be missed!

Check out the work of our partners Place2Be

The virtual assembly kicks off a week of activities and events to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Place2Be, which does incredible work all year round, have created some resources to help families and schools take part.

Teachers and parents can explore their primary and secondary resource packs for quick and easy activity ideas and top tips for parents and carers to help children express themselves.

All the ideas in the packs can be adapted for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning.

An exciting opportunity from our friends at BAFTA Kids

During the assembly, BAFTA Kids will also be launching their annual Young Presenter Competition. The competition aims to find exciting new on-screen talent aged between 7 and 14 years, and this year entrants will be asked to respond to the theme ‘Express Yourself…’.

Previous winners of the competition have gone on to host at BAFTA red-carpets and events throughout the year. Part of this year’s prize is an exclusive masterclass and a filming assignment with the team at Fresh Start Media who produce FYI, Sky Kids’ news show hosted for and by young people.

Tune in to the assembly to find out how budding presenters can enter. More information is available on the BAFTA website.