As part of the Oak National Academy’s regular Thursday morning assemblies, The Duchess of Cambridge hosted an assembly on the importance of kindness and looking after your mental wellbeing.
The Oak National Academy is an online classroom created in response to the lockdown which provides high-quality video lessons and free resources to parents and teachers. Since its launch it has delivered over 12 million lessons, and the Thursday morning assemblies help students across the UK to experience the normal routine of a school environment.
Her Royal Highness’ assembly on kindness was based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools platform – a legacy programme of the Heads Together campaign. Designed to offer primary school teachers greater support and advice, the website contains hundreds of classroom resources and vital information on wellbeing for teachers.
Launched in January 2018 by The Duchess, Mentally Healthy Schools was developed in collaboration with leading children’s mental health charities The Anna Freud Centre, Young Minds and Place2Be, whose expertise make it such a crucial resource. The charity partners helped to gather the hundreds of resources available including 600+ lesson plans, activities, assemblies and more, to make it easier for teachers to better support their pupils’ mental health – something so vital at such a crucial, young age.
“Talking to someone, whether it’s a friend, family member, or teacher, is something you can do to make yourself feel that little bit better. And you can also play your part in helping others to feel better too, whether offering a friendly ear, or helping someone in need. Small acts of kindness can go such a long way.” – The Duchess of Cambridge
The theme of The Duchess’ assembly, which was pre-recorded last week, is ‘spread a little kindness’. She spoke about the importance of mental wellbeing among children, and encouraged children to explore ways in which they can show kindness and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.