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On Tuesday 2nd February 2021, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Place2Be, spoke one-on-one with teachers from Ribbon about the important work they have been doing during the pandemic to support children and their families, and thanked them for their efforts.

Ribbon Academy and Place2Be, a charity which provides mental health support in schools, have been working in partnership since 2002 to provide teachers and school staff with the tools they need to support children and parents’ mental health, as well as their own.

During the call, which took place during Children’s Mental Health Week, Her Royal Highness asked the teachers some quick fire questions, hearing from me and teachers Miss Rispin and Mrs Tweedie about how children have been faring during the pandemic, and the ways in which Place2Be supports the well being of the whole school community, including teachers. Earlier this week children at Ribbon took part in a Place2Be Children’s Mental Health Week activity to express themselves through art, and drawings from the school were showcased on Kensington Palace’s social channels.

The Duchess also spoke to Mr Reay, a High Level Teaching and Learning Partner, who attended Place2Be sessions as a child after a traumatic life event, and is now working at the school as an adult. Mr Reay is one of five members of teaching staff who have completed Place2Be’s Mental Health Champions Foundation Programme in the last five months.

Speaking to Chris Reay, The Duchess of Cambridge said: “You play such a vital role in looking after our children. It’s so important that you’re looked after too and have the appropriate networks and support systems to make sure you can really do the best job you possible can. I’m really glad that Place2Be is there [for you]. They’re needed across the country more now than ever. I wanted to say a massive thank you to teachers across the country for doing fantastic jobs. It’s been really hard work but please look after yourselves.”

My HUGE and sincere thanks to the Mrs Tweedie, Miss Rispin and Mr Reay for agreeing to take part in the interview and being amazing ambassadors for Ribbon and Place 2 Be. I know it was a nerve wracking experience but, they handled it like pros - very well done!

I hope you enjoy the video... Mrs Sheridan