Children in the Three Towns enjoyed the glitz of the television industry when the BAFTA Kids Roadshow visited their schools.

Kids at Caledonia Primary School in Saltcoats and Ardrossan’s St Peters’ Primary were treated to a TV presenting workshop hosted by Arielle Free (Radio 1, Scrambled) and Ben Shires (CBBC, Dave).

The roadshow, in partnership with children’s mental health charity Place2Be, champions children’s creativity and teaches important life skills through film, games and television. Children taking part also earn soft skills that are important for emotional wellbeing and career progression.

TV presenter and DJ Arielle Free said: “I’ve loved being a part of the BAFTA Roadshow workshop team as it’s proven to me just how switched on and eager the youth of today are. For one day we all come together to break down barriers they may face in their ambitions and give them tools of knowledge and confidence to take with them for any situation. This has been another jam-packed and joyous week meeting all the awesome kids of my homeland and I look forward to seeing them all pop up in the future, conquering the world.”

Comedian and TV presenter Ben Shires added: “Being a part of the BAFTA Kids Roadshows is always such a thrill, but our visit to Scotland took things to the next level. The kids were all so lively, engaged and keen to learn about the worlds of film, games and TV (as well as hold a real-life BAFTA mask of course!) and I certainly wouldn’t bet against a few of them winning one of their own someday, too.”

Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity providing school-based support and programmes to give students skills to improve and maintain their confidence and emotional wellbeing.

Amanda Berry OBE, chief executive of BAFTA, said: “Through our school visits with the BAFTA Kids Roadshow in partnership with Place2Be, we aim to champion children’s creativity, teach important life skills through film, television and games, and provide access to positive and diverse role models.”

Catherine Roche, CEO of Place2Be, added: “The events enable children to benefit from this amazing communication skills and confidence-building experience.”