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Britain Get Talking at your School

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Together with teachers and a clinical psychologist, we’ve created a piece of homework like no other. A conversation starter for children to take home, designed to help them talk about the hardest subjects on their minds with their parents or trusted adults. Because sharing worries can help ease stress and reduce anxiety.

If you think the power of a proper chat could benefit the students in your school, download our homework task today here.

Ant and Dec are standing side by side against a bright yellow background. They are holding pink and blue school jotters. On the front page, there is an image of a speech bubble with lines.

A Different Kind of Homework Task

The front cover of a school exercise book with an empty speech bubble at the top of the page. It contains lines to write on. Underneath the speech bubble the text reads 'What's on our minds can be the hardest subject. So what's on yours? Britain Get Talking.'
The inside of the exercise book. The text reads 'What's on our minds can be the hardest subject. So what's on yours? Sometimes the world can be a scary place right now. That's why this World Mental Health Day, we've set the nation a different kind of homework. Because talking about the hardest subjects on our mind can help ease our stress, and reduce our anxiety. And working on a shared task like this one is a brilliant way to start a proper chat if you need a hand.
' 3 steps to get talking. '1. Ask your parent, carer, or an adult you trust if they'll help you with your homework. Tell them not to worry - nothing will be marked, and they won't even need a calculator! 2. If you're not sure where to start, try writing or drawing your worries or fears on the front cover of this exercise. You can use the box or go outside the lines. Remember: there are no right or wrong answers. 3. Now, spend time together talking through any worries one by one. Discuss questions such as: How does it make you feel? What are you most afraid might happen? Would it help if you had more information? Under the three tips there is a Get listening heading. Under this the text says 'Even if we're used to talking together, it can be hard to open up about our worries or fears, particularly the more serious or scary ones. Perhaps you're afraid that taking about them might make you both worry more, but the reality is the opposite is more likely to be true. When we talk about the hardest subjects we don't have to have all the answers. The important thing is to listen without judgement, and try not to rush to resolve the problem.'
The back of the exercise book. The text reads 'Well done for doing your homework. Talking is often the first step in helping us feel better. And remember, it's always easier over a shared activity, whether that's helping with homework, cooking dinner together, or even walking the dog. World Mental Health Day is a great excuse to have a chat, but talking is a tool we can use at any time to improve our mental wellness. If you need any more advice, information or support, you can visit And remember - talk to your GP if you're ever seriously concerned. Supported by ITV Britain Get Talking, YoungMinds and Mind.'
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In-school Resources

We’ve created some practical resources to help get your pupils talking. As well as the homework task, there’s a video from Ant & Dec to play in assemblies or tutor time.

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Ant & Dec assembly video with British Sign Language

Ant and Dec Assembly video

[Ant and Dec are standing side by side. They are both in suits facing towards the audience. They are against a bright yellow background with the ITV logo in the top corner.]

[Ant and Dec wave to the camera smiling.]

Ant: Hello, everyone

Dec: Hello!

Ant: Ant & Dec here. Now, settle down.

Dec: Settle down.

Dec: (shouting) AT THE BACK, SETTLE DOWN!

[Ant looks slightly shocked as he looks at Dec then back to the camera.]

Dec: There we go, that's better.

[Dec smiles broadly.]

Ant: Wow. Loud, aren’t you?

[Dec looks pleased.]

Dec: I know.

[Dec continues to smile in the background as Ant talks.]

Ant: Now, we're here today with ITV to announce something very special.

Dec: Ooh, special!

Ant: And that something special – homework.

[Dec looks confused as Ant smiles.]

Dec: Ah, I thought you said it was going to be special.

[Ant turns to Dec.]

Ant: No, hang on, hear me out here. It's not what you think.

[Ant turns back to face forward.]

Ant: With this homework, you don't need a calculator and nobody's even marking it. All it involves is talking. And the best thing is, adults have to do this homework, too.

Dec: Oh, I like it. Tell me more.

Ant: Well, it's all about the hardest subject. And that subject isn't maths. It isn't chemistry. It's what's on our minds.

Dec: Yes. You see, the world can be a bit of a scary place right now, can't it? And you might feel anxious about it. In fact, mental health has declined in almost 40% of school children, but when we share more, we can ease our stress and reduce our anxiety.

[Ant and Dec hold up a coloured school jotter. On the front page, there is an image of a speech bubble with lines.]

Ant: So, this is a different kind of homework. It's designed to get us all talking.

Dec: Now, of course, we know that is easier said than done. So, why don't you start by writing or drawing your fears or your feelings in here?

[Ant and Dec both gesture to the speech bubble on the front of the jotter.]

Dec: Then you can share them with a parent or a carer or an adult that you trust – and just talk about it.

Ant: You might be worried about something you saw on the news or overheard someone talking about or something that's happened to your friends.

Dec: Or it might be something else entirely. Whatever it is, there are no wrong answers.

Ant: And you can do it any time you like.

Dec: Just ask your teacher for more information or visit if you want to find out more.

Ant: Thanks for listening, everybody.

Dec: Now, come on, Britain.

Both Ant and Dec: Do your homework and get talking!

[On the screen, the text reads ‘Britain Get Talking, supported by Mind and YoungMinds. For more information]

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