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Over 340,0000 students tune into our Remembrance Live Assembly

11 Nov 2022

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About the event

Today we joined forces with the Royal British Legion to commemorate Armistice Day in a Remembrance Live Assembly, focused on the theme of service.

At 10:30am on Friday 11 November, over 340,000 students from across the UK joined our live-streamed, interactive assembly, making it the National Literacy Trust’s biggest virtual event to date.

Streamed from Borough, London, the assembly brought together literacy, history, art, music, film and more to help students understand why we continue to remember.

The programme featured piper and singing performances, as well as a poetry recital from three Year 5 Heathbrook Primary School students, all live from the studio. We also heard from servicepeople, veterans and their families, and stood together for the Two Minute Silence.

The students from Heathbrook joined in with the assembly live from London, while other schools from around the country appeared on screen throughout the session including Hempstead Junior School, Haghill Primary School and The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School, submitting questions to the veterans.

The assembly was hosted by television’s Kenzie Benali and Zeb Soanes.

Further links

It is now available to watch on YouTube

You can also download our Remembrance resources.

“We were so pleased to have so many students tune in to our first ever Remembrance Live Assembly, in partnership with the Royal British Legion. It is fantastic to see younger generations engaging with the importance of commemorating Remembrance, and I would like to thank all the veterans, artists, presenters, pupils and servicepeople who were involved in bringing this together. This assembly was a truly national event and I am so glad we were able to reach so many schools with the poignancy of Armistice and the commemoration of service.”

Jim Sells, Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust
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