The mother-of-three made the comments during a series of video calls on Tuesday with teachers and staff from Ribbon Academy, County Durham. The school has been holding classes for the children of key workers as well as supporting home learning.
Kate, who is marking Children’s Mental Health Week, told headteacher Ashleigh Sheridan: “Schools are doing an amazing job, as parents you really recognise what a vital role you do play for us on a day to day basis – having remote learning as well.”
Prince William’s wife also agreed with teacher Louise Tweedie, who said the coronavirus pandemic will encourage schools to prioritise mental health.
Kate, who has previously spoken out on homeschooling George and Charlotte, added: “I’m so passionate about all the works that teachers up and down the country are doing.
“You are doing the most amazing job.
“You are a lifeline to so many families out there.
“I know it takes an awful lot of effort, energy, patience.”
Ribbon Academy and Place2Be, a charity Kate is royal patron of which provides mental health support in schools, have been working in partnership since 2002.
Kate chatted to Chris Reay who attended Place2Be sessions as a child after a traumatic life event and is now working at the school in the village of Murton near Durham.
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The headteacher told Kate pupils were given mobile phone and Zoom appointments to talk about issues if needed.
She added: “The pandemic has exposed mental health issues everywhere.
“Hopefully that awareness and need to have secure mental health will be recognised across the country.”
Teacher Hannah Rispin told Kate that each morning of remote learning begins with children discussing their family life.
She added: “Seeing the children succeed in such a devastating time, it makes you feel a bit emotional.
“They are like shining stars. I feel privileged to be experiencing this with our little heroes every day.”
Kate, who looked stylish in blue and wore her hair in a sleek ponytail, laughed and said: “We need more people like you out there as a workforce.”
The Duchess shared a video message on Sunday to mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week.