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Preparing your news web page

Laura from Simon Balle School in Hertford
School Reporter Laura from Simon Balle School in Hertford
Now is the time to create a dedicated web page on your school website, to give School Reporters a world-wide audience for their work.

This page contains:


The page you create needs to be on a public-facing school website, or that of another educational body.

Even if you haven't created any reports yet, you can create a simple holding page with a "come back later" message.

Here's an example created by Park High School in Middlesex.

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Below is some suggested text you could use:

Students from this school will be making and broadcasting the news for real on 26 March 2009 as they take part in BBC News School Report. We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on the News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later.

A basic html page with graphics takes less than 30 minutes to prepare
Anthony Pearson, Head of ICT, Caistor Grammar School, Lincolnshire

It is important to create a dedicated page, rather than place content on the homepage of your school website, so the BBC can link directly to the students work, rather than sending people to a page where they have to sift through information to find the School Report content. Also, after the News Day, the homepage of a school website will invariably change, but creating a dedicated page means the students work can still be viewed.

If your school has participated in School Report in previous years, please create a new web page for this year's content; you can always link to previous years' work from this page.

First names only

For child protection reasons, the BBC cannot link to a page which contains the surnames of anyone younger than 18. Please ensure that only first names of students are used on the dedicated web page. This also applies to blog entries and comments posted on the page.

Remember that School Report is for 11-14 year olds, so please do not link to social networking sites that can only be used by over 13s.

Publishing deadline

Meeting the 1600 publishing deadline on News Day is fundamental to the project, as it is only on that day that BBC TV and radio programmes will be sending traffic to your school website, via the School Report website.

During News Day 2008 there were over 166,000 visits to the School Report website.


Below are some images for you to download and use.

Right click on any of the images, select Save Picture As and save it to your hard drive.

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School Report logo


Please email the web address (url) of your page to a member of the School Report team as soon as it is live.

The BBC aim to link to your dedicated page in advance of School Report News Day and will publish a "linkable list" of all participating schools in February.

On the News Day, the BBC also aim to link to your web page via an interactive map.


A pupil at Grove School in Shropshire making news to put on the school website
Making news for Grove School's website in Shropshire
As with all material published on a school website, the school is responsible for ensuring the content is safe and legal.

Here are a few golden rules which summarise the content in the above guide:

  • Only use children's FIRST names (child protection)
  • Don't report anything which makes you uncomfortable (taste and decency)
  • Report the facts, NOT rumours (defamation)
  • Avoid crime stories (contempt)
  • Only use YOUR OWN photos, music etc (copyright)

Be aware that the BBC News website is very popular. By linking to your website, students will have a large audience but people will also be able to view the rest of your site. You may want to check the rest of your content is in line with your school internet and child protection policies.

Further guidance on internet policy and child protection

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) is the government's lead partner in supporting educational ICT development and delivery.

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The government agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) has produced a website where young people can learn about internet safety, called Thinkuknow. The BBC have worked with CEOP to create a dedicated page with tips on safety for School Reporters.

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The BBC Chatguide website contains information on how to keep safe online. It has a section for children, teens, teachers and parents.


It's a good idea to incorporate the design of your school website, to create a uniform look.

It is best to avoid a design which relies on large pictures as it will make pages slow to download and put off potential viewers.

However, you might like to add photographs of students taking part in School Report or the school logo.

Please also send a photograph - and caption - of your School Reporters to a member of the School Report team, so they can use it on the School Report website, giving students a chance to see themselves on the BBC.


Roshan from Charters school, Berkshire, prepares a web page
Roshan from Charters school, Berkshire, prepares a web page
You can create a web page using a number of different programmes.

Many people use software such as Microsoft FrontPage or Adobe Dreamweaver. You can become proficient in such programmes in a short space of time and create something that looks professional.

If you need assistance putting your students' news on the internet, your local City Learning Centre (CLC) may be able to help. There are over 100 CLC's operating in urban areas across the country, providing state-of-the art ICT-based learning opportunities for pupils in the vicinity.

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Help is also available from your nearest Regional Broadband Consortia (RBC). They provide internet services, broadband infrastructure and content for Local Authorities and schools in their regions.

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A free online publishing tool, called Making The News (MTN), has been created for all ten of England's RBC's. MTN enables schools to publish news online in a variety of formats including text, images, audio, animation and video.

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A free radio channel, Radiowaves Voice It, enables young people to create websites, blogs, podcasts and vodcasts to investigate, report or campaign on issues that matter to them.

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