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VIRTUAL SCHOOL: Ant and Dec to host school assembly this week!

VIRTUAL SCHOOL: Ant and Dec to host school assembly this week!

Image: Twitter, @antanddec, ITV Studios

Our favourite Celebrity duo, Ant and Dec are partnering up with NSPCC once again to host a virtual school assembly on Tuesday 23rd February. 

The virtual talk is part of NSPCC's 'Speak out and stay safe programme'.

The programme offers support and education to school children to help them understand topics such as bullying, abuse and most recently, life changes due to the pandemic.

NSPCC said: "We know that the pandemic is continuing to have a huge impact on children’s mental health.

"This time last year, our Speak out Stay safe programme was being delivered in 90% of primary schools in the UK and Channel Islands.
"With most children now learning at home, we want to make sure they don’t miss our vital messages about seeking support if they’re worried"

Hosts Ant and Dec will also be joined by fellow star, David Walliams.

This will be the second time the TV presenters have taken part in the NSPCC's Speak out and stay safe programme, their previous virtual assembly aired last year and was watched more than 10,000 times online.

Ant said: "After what has been an incredibly difficult start to the year for many young people, we feel privileged to once again be hosting the NSPCC's virtual assembly for children and their families."

Dec added: "We hope we can remind children that they don't have to just carry their worries with them - they can always speak to someone they trust if they're feeling sad, overwhelmed, or unsafe."

The duo will cover Covid-19 related worries, such as not being able to see friends and family members, changes to daily routines and feelings about spending more time online.

The virtual talk will be available to watch on the NSPCC's Facebook Page from 10am on Tuesday 23rd February.

A recording of Tuesday’s online assembly will also be available on the NSPCC’s website, Facebook and YouTube channel after the event for anyone who misses it.

One Facebook user who watched the first assembly said:” My boys loved it and following a family bereavement this gave them an opportunity to talk about their feelings. We took blank paper and marked it for every worry or fear we had and shared.”

Service Head of School Service, Janet Hinton said: “The lockdown has turned the lives of children upside down and many are struggling to cope with the challenges it has posed.

 “Although our trained ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ staff can’t currently go into schools, it is essential that every child knows who they can turn to if they need help and support.

“After watching the assembly, parents and carers can continue this conversation with their children by visiting the NSPCC website where they can find additional activities.”

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