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Last Updated: Friday, 14 March 2008, 17:37 GMT
News Day - hour by hour
SCHOOL REPORT BASICS
Students filming
Thousands of 11 to 14-year-olds made the news
More than 280 schools took part simultaneously

After months of preparation, School Reporters have made the news for real.

Use this page to find out how the day unfolded for schools across the country as they covered the news on TV, radio and online.


16.30 :: HULL PUPILS READ NEWS LIVE ON BBC

Pupils at Cottingham High School read news bulletins live on BBC Radio Hull as part of School Report News Day.

Their colleagues back at the school worked on the stories and e-mailed scripts over to them in the BBC studio and then listened to them as they read them out.

Organising teacher Debbie Bonner said the reporters had met all their deadlines and were now "absolutely shattered".

1623 :: SURREY PUPILS KEEP A COOL HEAD

BBC correspondent Evan Davis
The BBC's Evan Davis was quizzed

Therfield School in Surrey secured a number of high-profile interviewees for their school report, including Eastenders actor Dave Spinks, BBC correspondent Evan Davis and local MP Chris Grayling.

Teacher Marianne Martin said the pupils got a taste of the pressure that comes with news reporting when an error in the number being used to contact Mr Grayling meant that they only managed to get the interview 10 minutes before broadcast.

However, she says the School Reporters really kept their heads and got the job done.

1620 :: PUPILS LOOK AT SCHOOL CLOSURES IN STOKE

The question of what is going to happen to their school has been the focus of reporting at Birches Head High School in Stoke-on-Trent. Two other schools are being merged into Birches Head as part of the council's educational changes.

Kieran decided it was important to report on the issue. He said: ¿Some of us are worried that there might be trouble, but other people say it might mean more opportunities. It affects us all, to be honest.¿

1610 :: GLASGOW PUPILS QUIZ FORMER FIRST MINISTER

Hillhead High
Students from Hillhead High School
Two School Reporters at Hillhead High School in Glasgow interviewed Scotland's former first minister Jack McConnell. Saulaman and Jordan, both aged 12, spoke to Mr McConnell about the importance of politics.

He told the pupils that it was important for young people to get involved in current affairs, and he also explained how he first got into politics himself.

Teacher Lisa McKerley said: "The reporters both really enjoyed the interview and it was very good of Mr McConnell to give up his time for them."

1605 :: LONDON STUDENTS IN MOBILE PHONE INVESTIGATION

An investigation into mobile phones was carried out at Sydenham School in London by Year 8 pupils.

They asked fellow students if they were mobile phone addicts, filming a video piece on a girl who was "addicted" to her phone, who then swapped it with another girl who never used one.

School Reporters at Sydenham also looked into the issues surrounding national ID cards.

1600 :: MORE POLITICIANS QUIZZED

The Northern Ireland and Scotland first ministers have been interviewed by School Reporters, as has the presiding officer of the National Assembly for Wales.

Students at the Belfast Boys' Model School asked Ian Paisley some extremely serious questions, such as how he saw the future of Northern Ireland. But he was also asked: "How do you eat your Creme egg?"

"I think I would be far better keeping off such luxury food, and just eat my porridge," he said.

Alex Salmond was interviewed by students at the Bridge of Don Academy, Aberdeen.

He was asked all about his job as first minister - what it involved, how it felt when he was elected, and whether he enjoyed it. It was "by far the best job", he replied.

Students from Ysgol Y Gader in north west Wales interviewed Lord Elis-Thomas.

Among topics they covered were the lack of sporting opportunities for young people in the area, how to keep Assembly Members under control - and who was the best famous person he had met (Answers: Sir Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta Jones and the Queen).

1600 :: SCHOOL REPORT RADIO HAS ENDED

School Report Radio has finished but you can listen to highlights from the day on the School Report website.

1600 :: CALM KIDS IMPRESS RADIO PRESENTER

Newsround presenter Sonali Gudka
Presenter Sonali Gudka said it was a "tough but exciting" day

Newsround presenter Sonali Gudka anchored the BBC News School Report radio station for seven hours straight, talking to schools, checking out how everyone was coping with the pressure and finding out what stories they had chosen.

It had been a "tough but exciting" day, she said. "I was really impressed by how calm everyone was - even though some admitted they found it hard to meet the deadline!"

"The School Reporters have been asking some amazing questions - my favourite one so far has been when the kids from George Green School in East London asked David Cameron, the Conservative Party leader, who the first person he ever kissed was.

"I hope everyone's enjoyed being a journalist for the day!"

1600 :: STUDENTS SHOW OFF TO OFSTED

Year 8 students recorded their news video, using state-of-the-art technical equipment, while Ofsted inspectors looked on.

Longbenton Community College was being visited by government inspectors while 12 to 13-year-olds took part in School Report.

"I think the inspectors were impressed," said teacher Glen Bowman. "The students operated all the equipment themselves....all of the studio work was their own - it was fantastic."

1614 :: HERTS SCHOOL MULLS TIMETABLE CHANGE

Simon Balle school pupils filming
Reporters at Simon Balle school looked at school timetable issues

The issue of whether the school timetable should be changed was top of the agenda at Simon Balle school in Hertfordshire.

The school's head teacher is keen to change it after the Easter holiday to make each of the school terms of equal length. She gave her reasons why in an interview with the School Report team.

Pupils also reported on a recent e-learning day, when students studied from home, as well an upcoming sports final and a recent play competition between the school's houses.

1608 :: HIGHLIGHTING VITAL ISSUES FOR THE BLIND

The School Reporters at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh made text reports on equal schools and the Royal National Institute for the Blind forum, explaining who they are and what they do.

Teacher Rhona Butler said that the students had given up their own time to work on School Report and experienced the pressure of working to tight deadlines.

1550 :: YORKSHIRE STUDENTS STAGE PRESS CONFERENCE

Batley Business and Enterprise College has staged a press conference with local MP Mike Wood. The 18 School Reporters chose to focus their questions on the issues of education, crime and the environment.

They then turned their attention closer to home, asking the school's own environment group what they were doing to increase recycling after their investigations showed that there were only seven bins between 33 classrooms.

1549 :: BRENTFORD BUILDS TIES WITH RWANDA

Student reporters at Brentford School for Girls in Hounslow teamed up with their counterparts at Marjory Kinnon School to cover a vast array of local issues, including Brentford's links to a school in Rwanda.

Brentford plans to raise funds for a school in the east African nation in the hopes of increasing the number of girls who can access education.

Teacher Ketan Modasia said the day was a mixture of excitement and stress as the students hurried to meet their deadline.

1545 :: SUPERMARKET SWEEP ADDS UP TO SUCCESS

Year 9 and 10 students from Deansfield High School took younger children around Sainsbury's in Wolverhampton to help them with their maths - and filmed the event.

Teachers say everyone is thrilled with the report which is now live on their website.

They have also been out and about in Wolverhampton filming "superfans", including someone mad about James Bond.

1539 :: HERTFORDSHIRE GIRLS COVER TROUSER CAMPAIGN

The Hertfordshire and Essex High School for girls had four reporters, writing five articles, two radio bulletins and completing two MP3 broadcasts.

Their lead story was about a debate to change the school uniform. Kathryn, aged 12, said that it looked like the campaign to change the colour of the uniform and to swap skirts for trousers could get the go-ahead.

"Our head said if pupils wanted a different shade of uniform it would need to be different to other schools in the area. She also liked the idea of trousers," said Kathryn.

1536 :: LONDON STUDENTS GRILL NEW HEAD

The incoming head teacher at Hornsey School for Girls faced some tough questions when she was interviewed for School Report.

Some students were worried about rumours that Miss Jones, who will start after Easter, would turn it into a mixed school and change their uniform - so they decided to get the facts for themselves.

They discovered that Miss Jones was planning a competition to design a new uniform - and will not bring in boys. "We were pleased to hear that," said Shimirah, 13, who carried out the interview.

1529 :: LAST-MINUTE SCRAMBLE IN LEICESTERSHIRE

The news anchors at Shepshed High School in Leicestershire had to deal with a last-minute problem when a lead article on Sport Relief was not long enough.

According to teacher Paul Hearty, they managed to deftly combat the problem by filling time with a description of the school.

Articles which did make it into the seven-and-a-half minute bulletin included a look at Wednesday's Budget and how it will affect education, and the extraordinary account of a US woman who had spent two years stuck on a toilet.

1525 :: EAST SUSSEX STUDENTS CELEBRATE LANGUAGE

Despite joining School Report only weeks ago, students at Chailey School in East Sussex managed to pull off a stellar news line-up.

Teacher Ruth Turner said the students' range of television stories included a look at the Mandarin lessons offered at their school and a closer examination of recent vandalism at a nearby primary school.

"It was a brilliant experience and the kids all loved it and we've all learned a lot," said Mrs Turner of the day.

1520 :: LEICESTER SCHOOL COVERS BUDGET

The Budget was the top story at King Edwards VII School in Leicester.

Chloe and Brad focused on the proposed increase in child benefit. Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke to School Reporters about this change earlier in the day.

1515:: LONDON SCHOOL INVESTIGATES NORTH/SOUTH DIVIDE

London taxi drivers are often quoted as saying they will not go south of the river - but why is that?

Pupils at Charles Edward Brooke School in Lambeth wanted to find out whether there was any real truth in rumours that the city was divided between north and south.

BBC mentor Colin Babb said the students worked really hard and he was impressed with their efforts - but he was not giving away the results of their survey.

1505:: SCHOOL UNIFORM DEBATED IN LONDON

Pupils from Year 8 at St Marylebone School in London have been researching whether or not school uniform is a good idea. According to teacher Maria Parkes, they eventually concluded that it was.

Other stories being worked on were the school's Sport Relief activities, to be held this week, and safety on the streets.

"They were looking into how safe children felt on their way home from school," said Ms Parkes.

1452 :: SHREEVE PROUD OF SCHOOL REPORT

Speaking to School Report LIVE, the head of School Report, Helen Shreeve, revealed that she was very proud of this year's event.

Helen said: "It's been going unbelievably well."

As well as congratulating everyone taking part, Helen had words of encouragement for any School Reporters battling technical glitches. She said: "It's all about carrying on and doing your best."

1447 :: BERKSHIRE SCHOOL MAKES FINAL BUDGET CUTS

Park House pupils are wrapping up their final edits to the news report on the Budget.

School reporters have interviewed deputy head Kate Robinson-Slater about a range of Budget issues, from the impact of binge-drinking on young people to whether more funding for science will be seen in their school.

1432:: ABERDEENSHIRE SCHOOL QUESTIONS LOCAL MP

Local MP Malcolm Bruce was given a Jeremy Paxman-style grilling over fair trade from pupils at The Gordon Schools in Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

Mr Bruce, a Lib Dem MP, who sits on a committee for fair trade at Westminster, was interviewed about the issues surrounding farmers and sellers in the industry.

Lauren, 13, said it was the first time she had met her local MP, but, nevertheless, he was asked tough questions. ¿It was really good. We asked him whether he thought too much money went to the companies that sold fair trade rather than going to the farmers.¿

1430 :: GLAMORGAN STUDENTS LOOK AT ECO-AMBITIONS

Plans to become an eco-school are under the spotlight, as pupils at Bishop Hedley Roman Catholic school quiz the teachers in charge of the project. They want to know more about the three goals they have been set for litter, recycling and citizenship.

Michaela, from Year 9, is putting questions to her teacher about how they can qualify for a green flag from the Welsh Assembly and how the student eco-committee can help.

1430 :: CHESHIRE STUDENTS OUT TO SAVE THEIR SCHOOL

Student reporters at Fairfield High School in Cheshire included a story in their line-up that affects them all.

"We've done a story on the project to save our school," said student reporter Dale, 13, of the television piece they did examining the decision by the local council to merge their school with another local high school.

"It has a lot to do with us because we will be the last year to finish at Fairfield High School," said Dale, a Year 9 student.

1420 :: SOUTH WALES SCHOOLS IN MOBILE LINK-UP

Things are getting a bit tense at Ysgol Gyfun Bryntawe in Swansea and Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr in Glamorgan as the 1500 deadline approaches.

Pupils from the two schools are working together on a project about mobile phone use on school grounds.

They have also interviewed well-known local TV presenter Lowri Nmorgan who fronts the Ralio sporting magazine programme.

1420 :: EAST LONDON SCHOOL BAGS THE HEADLINES

Passers by outside Bow Road Tube station in east London were filmed by School Reporters as they tried to persuade members of the public to stop using disposable plastic shopping bags.

Aysia, 13, one of the students covering the story from Central Foundation Girls' School, said members of the public responded well to their experiment.

"People were more friendly than I thought they would be, and they knew more stuff [about re-cycling] than I thought."

1420 :: PUPILS CELEBRATE HITTING DEADLINE

In spite of a fire yesterday, Laura, from Hillhead High School, Glasgow, was happy to report that they hit the deadline.

Helen Boaden, head of news at the BBC, said children at Villiers High School almost made the deadline too, but were hindered by technical difficulties. She said the reporters were so busy they did not have time to ask her for a job.

Calum, a presenter and Zoey a reporter, at Abbey Grange CE High, said they had a wonderful time. Both were really proud of themselves for taking part. Calum went on to say he might become a presenter in the future.

Blairgowrie High School, Perthshire, is already looking forward to next year's School Report.

1400:: STUDENTS RULE COMMUNITY RADIO

Primrose High School in Leeds is home to a community office of BBC local radio and students are making good use of it.

They have been recording and editing interviews for radio and presenting reviews of films and games. They have also looked at controversial local issues such as the changes at the Corn Exchange in Leeds.

1400 :: WILTSHIRE SCHOOL GETS LAVATORIAL

Children from Wootton Bassett School in Wiltshire have been interviewing their classmates about what it would be like to be live in a lavatory for two years.

The young reporters were following the story of a woman from Kansas in the US who did not want to come out of the toilet and was reportedly fed by her boyfriend through the bathroom window.

1400 :: FEATHERSTONE TEACHER GIVES NEWS DAY TOP MARKS

While pupils at Featherstone High School were sitting in front of the camera - their teacher was talking about them behind their backs.

The Year 8 students, based at the Ealing City Learning College, covered a range of stories from the stormy weather to Britney Spears, and from a new type of wheat to Tottenham's Uefa Cup defeat.

English teacher Gill Cook said: "They have learned that they have to work in a team and they really understand they have got to be factual and they have got to research and for the first time they have got to really think about the words."

1400 :: SCHOOL REPORTERS GO LIVE

Students in Liverpool hit their deadline and broadcast their television news bulletins without a hitch.

Reports on School Report LIVE covered a wide range of subjects, including video gaming, what makes a good teacher and the development of real-life transformers.

One of The Heath School's news presenters spoke about what was going through her mind in the seconds before they went to air: "We were just checking each others' hair, and breathing!"

1400 :: DEVON SCHOOL GOES LIVE WITH RADIO BULLETIN

Headlines and stories for the live 1400 report came from School Reporters at Coombeshead School, in Devon.

They covered a range of local stories including a local protest against battery farming and a girl who went missing on Dartmoor for several hours. Thankfully she has been found.

The sports news was celebrating the success of both their girls and boys football teams.

1400 :: SCHOOL REPORTERS ARE ON AIR

School Reporters all over the UK are simultaneously "on air" at 1400. Students, who have been preparing their bulletins all morning, are presenting them to audiences in their schools.

Their reports will be given a UK-wide audience at 1600 GMT when, schools publish their reports to their school websites, which are linked to from the School Report interactive map.

You can view students presenting their news live on School Report TV and School Report Radio on this website or using the red button service.

1357 :: EALING STUDENTS BACK SPORT RELIEF

Alisha from Greenford High
Alisha from Greenford High was inspired by a visit to India
Female soloist Leona Lewis's trip to Africa for Sport Relief inspired some budding news hounds in Ealing to get behind a camera for School Report.

Twelve-year-old Alisha, from Greenford High, found she could really relate to the singer's experiences because she had witnessed a lot of poverty during a trip to visit relatives in Bombay in India last year.

Alisha said: "There were a lot of poor people and when I came back from India you appreciate far more what you have."

1355 :: STUDENTS SAY BLOGGING THE NEWS IS FUN

School Reporters, Amena, Nuri, Wafur, Monica and Uria at Islamia Girl's High School, London, presented the work of the School Report team to the rest of the school.

Nuri said creating the news blog was fun because it contained behind the scenes pictures of news gathering on the day.

1353 :: TABLES TURNED ON LOOK NORTH PRESENTER

BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration will find himself answering, not asking, the questions today as he gets interviewed by students from Ryburn Valley High School in Yorkshire.

Look North is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month and Mr Gration will be quizzed on how the programme has changed over the years and how he first got into news.

Other interviewees facing the school reporters' team include writer Trevor Simpson, who has written about the 1960s Halifax pop scene, and Gary Worthington, a talent scout for Chelsea football club.

1346 :: PUPILS IN MEDIA SPOTLIGHT IN BRIGHTON

Two pupils from Patcham High School have been interviewed by local radio about the stories they plan to cover for School Report.

Jess and Luke, both in Year 8, spoke to BBC Southern Counties about the different news stories they were covering in Brighton and Hove.

¿I was really nervous about being live on the radio and really pleased that mum was able to hear me,¿ said Jess.

1340 :: CLAPTON GIRLS GET OLYMPIAN ADVICE

"What advice would you give to young athletes trying to achieve their goals?" This was one of many questions that Year 8 School Reporters Gulshar and Shannon put to Olympic triple jumper Jonathan Edwards. "Work hard through PE and Sport," came the answer.

And to help young hopefuls in east London, the Mayor of Hackney told them that the area has improved its facilities and people are "getting fitter" as a result of the Olympics.

Shannon said it was "exciting to interview someone well known" and agreed that filming before "made it easier on the day".

1335 :: BINGE DRINKING ISSUES TACKLED

Pupils from Westcliff High School for Boys travelled into Leigh-on-Sea to interview a one of the most established restaurateurs in the area.

Responding to Alistair Darling's first Budget announced yesterday lunchtime, pupils quizzed Louise Waite on how increased duty on wine and beer will affect stock prices and the prices customers pay.

In addition, Ms Waite was also asked to comment on the chancellor's recent justification for the rate changes and the proposed impact these measures would have on the issue of binge drinking in young people across the UK.

The report will be available on the WHSB School Report page.

1330 :: DEVON BOYS APPRECIATE FRANK TALKING

Pupils at St Boniface's Catholic College in Plymouth have been getting to grips with topical matters, from global warming to this week's storms.

But they have also been taking a look at the issues that affect them directly, such as knife crime and youth football in their area. One of the biggest hits was an in-depth look at under-age drinking.

Teacher Paul Scott said: "They found an interesting website, called Talk to Frank, so this has raised awareness among them, although we haven't had an awful lot of issues with it here."

1321 :: SCHOOL REPORT ON THE ONE O'CLOCK NEWS

The BBC lunchtime news linked up with School Report LIVE at St John Bosco Arts College in Liverpool.

School Report presenter Adam Fleming interviewed student news editors about how the day was going.

One student editor, also called Adam, was enjoying taking the lead. He said: ¿It's really fun telling people what to do and where to be.¿

1320 :: FOCUS ON SIXTH FORM CLOSURE IN CORNWALL

Marissa, from Sir James Smith's Humanities College, used School Report Newsday to highlight the proposed closure of their sixth form, planned in 2009.

With opinion split, for and against, the future of the sixth form is uncertain. Spotlight News also covered the story.

1310 :: STUDENTS COVER DREAM TREK IN AFRICA

Pupils at Joseph Whitaker School in Nottinghamshire are working on a story about a visually-impaired student who is raising money to go on a trek to Namibia.

Year 8 pupils are recording an interview with Jordan who is in Year 10. If he raises enough money, Jordan hopes to embark on his trip in July.

1307 :: MIDDLESEX STUDENTS GAUGE HARRY POTTER NEWS

School reporters at Rooks Heath College of Business and Enterprise are looking at stories as diverse as teenage drugs smugglers, a deadly virus outbreak in Hong Kong schools and the Harry Potter films.

Students began their day by checking newspapers, the internet and radio bulletins to find stories, and after an editorial meeting to decide which were the best, set about doing interviews.

For an expert view on the Hong Kong outbreak they spoke to a science teacher about how viruses can be spread and they have been interviewing pupils to find out how they feel about the news that the last Harry Potter book will be spread over two films.

1300 :: HOMEWORK IN THE SPOTLIGHT IN READING

Do children get too much homework? Should they have homework at all? These two questions are being looked at by students at Prospect College in Berkshire.

The answer - according to the School Report team there - seems to be that yes, there should be some but it should be for a specific use and "not just to please parents".

Students are also looking at the Budget and green issues, including global warming, and a sixth-formers' football tournament.

1300 :: SURREY STUDENTS TACKLE HOMEWORK ISSUE

Pupils at Hinchley Wood School in Surrey are looking into the subject of homework in primary schools.

Research published this week called for homework in primary schools to be scrapped, because of the stress it is causing at home for children and their families.

Sophie and Georgina have interviewed two teachers and two pupils at Hinchley Wood Primary School about their views, and are writing up their report ahead of the 1400 deadline.

Read BBC mentor Jen McAllister's account of the day.

1300 :: BRENTSIDE TEAM UP WITH LOCAL RADIO

News Day reporters at Brentside High School in Ealing are teaming up with a local radio station for their live broadcast.

Students Jordan and Thomas have carried out vox pops, researched and written scripts, updated news on their website and practiced presenting with a looming deadline.

The high school is being supported by the Ealing CLC and will be broadcasting their news on the centre's radio station Breeze FM.

1300 :: WELSH LANGUAGE REPORTING IN WREXHAM

Geraint, Kerris and Catherine are preparing Welsh language reports for their School, Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham. The reports in the Welsh language will be available online.

1256 :: CHESHIRE PUPILS INVESTIGATE FOOTBALL TAKEOVER

Wirral Grammar School for Boys pupils
Wirral Grammar School pupils have interviewed their local MP

Wirral Grammar School for Boys in Cheshire are reporting on a group of Liverpool fans that hope to buy the club from its owners.

Jonathan, 12, told the BBC he and his fellow School Reporters had also interviewed MP for Wirral South Ben Chapman and are preparing reports on under-age drinking.

1256 :: GLASGOW STUDENTS LOCKED OUT

Scottish deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon has been interviewed by students from Govan High School in Glasgow for a story about why park gates next to their school are always locked.

Pupils say Pirie Park has been closed because of trouble with gangs but the closure adds an extra 10 minutes to their journeys when walking to and from school.

They took their case to Mrs Sturgeon, who is also MSP for Glasgow Govan. "We asked if we could get the gates open during school hours," says 13-year-old Siobhan. "She said she's look into it."

1255 :: THE SKY'S THE LIMIT FOR HACKNEY FREE SCHOOL

A new development is causing concern for the School Reporters of Hackney Free School. Tommy, 12, has been taking pictures of the Shoreditch skyline which will be destroyed if plans to build a new tower block go ahead.

"Developers have to demolish an existing building to make way for the new development", says Tommy.

Derya, also 12, questioned Rebecca Collins and a number of local artists who are against the development. "You need to concentrate, it's hard. But I enjoy newsgathering the most", she said.

1250 :: X FACTOR STAR GIVES INTERVIEW TIPS

Speaking on School Report LIVE in Liverpool, X Factor singer Ray Quinn had some hints for getting the most out of celebrity interviews.

He advised: "Come across really nice, then we'll tell you more."

Quinn also looked forward to joining the Sport Relief mile on Sunday, saying: "I'll be there, jogging along and keeping myself fit."

1250 :: BOXING CLEVER AT HASMONEAN HIGH SCHOOL

Students at Hasmonean High
The news team at Hasmonean High
Girls from Hasmonean High School, Hendon, interviewed top female professional boxer Laura Saperstein.

Other School Reporters investigated who were the cleverest, blondes or brunettes. They found it does not matter.

Boys at the school are looking at the difference between faith schools and non-faith schools.

1248 :: HONG KONG FLU SPARKS FELTHAM'S INTEREST

Hong Kong flu
Students are reporting on a flu outbreak in Hong Kong
Student reporters at Feltham Community College in Hounslow are working on a story on the move by authorities in Hong Kong to close junior schools for two weeks in order to halt a serious flu outbreak.

Year 8 student Jessica said she thought the story was worth doing because students can relate to the notion of school closures.

"We thought it might interest people of our age," she says.

1248 :: TOOTING STUDENTS TACKLE VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS

Burntwood school
Beth, Libby and Akos question Tooting MP Sadiq Khan

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan has helped students in London get to grips with the difficult issue of youth violence when he visited Burntwood School.

Libby, 14, said students quizzed the MP over the possibility of having metal detectors in schools in a bid to make them safer.

"It is just a bit depressing that it's come to this," she said. Although she remains unsure if metal detectors are the right approach, she said quizzing the MP had helped to flag up the idea's pros and cons.

1245 :: TECHNICAL HITCH HITS RADIO REPORTS

Just to show that it is not always all right on the night, pupils and teachers at the brand new Bridge Academy in Hackney, south London, have been struggling with last-minute technical problems as they bid to record their School Report News Day achievements.

More than a dozen youngsters have been involved in putting together radio reports on the school's recycling policy and progress on a new permanent building.

But when it came to editing them into a single package, those technical gremlins that can beset the best of organisations struck. Pupil Ben, 12, said: "It's a bit frustrating."

1237 :: BBC AIMS TO INVOLVE EVERY SCHOOL

Mark Byford, deputy director general of the BBC, said School Report was "building to every school in the UK being connected to the project."

During an interview on School Report Radio, he said: "It's great that students engage with and understand the process of news and information which is fundamental to you and I. It's about having a sense of freedom of expression and freedom of speech."

1235 :: LIFE IN MANCHESTER HOSPITAL SCHOOL EXPLAINED

School reporters at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital School have created an audio report explaining what life is like in a school located at the centre of a busy hospital.

They spoke to other students and members of staff about what the school means to them and the atmosphere there.

Teacher Irene Foxen says the students have had a confidence boost from getting to put their journalistic skills to the test and are following closely what all the other schools involved in School Report are doing.

1230:: SURREY PUPILS PONDER FUNDING FOR SCIENCE

The future of science was given a funding boost in the Budget and has been welcomed by children at Overton Grange School, Surrey.

Maggie, 13, has been working on an interview with the head teacher of her school as part of a story on how the Budget will affect her school.

¿It's our lead story,¿ says Maggie. ¿We wanted to know how this extra money would be spent at our school.¿

1230 :: BARKING STUDENTS DISCOVER OWN STORY

Barking students researching stories for their news bulletin have been surprised to discover a story in their own school.

Chloe, 18, is a female wrestler who after just seven months of competition is already looking for sponsorship for the London 2012 Olympics.

Samson, the School Reporter getting ready to interview her, said: ¿I didn't know anything about her wrestling until I saw it today in the local paper.¿

1230 :: LINCS PUPILS TURN TABLES ON TV CREW

TV reporter Jane Hill
TV reporter Jane Hill was interviewed by School Reporters

Students in Lincolnshire are following a BBC News 24 camera crew to create a report looking at what goes into making a live TV broadcast.

Students from Haven High Technology College in Boston are interviewing TV reporter Jane Hill and her cameraman at nearby Walton Girls' High School for a behind-the-scenes report that will be aired on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

The pupils hope their experience will be useful. "There are plans to build a radio suite at the college in the very near future," says teacher Jack Luffman.

1220 :: WEST LONDON GANG CULTURE PROBED

Daniela at Chiswick Community College is using the internet to find statistics to support their report on gangs in London. They found out that there are 169 gangs in London.

Ahmed is covering the gang story from different viewpoints by interviewing lots of different people including a police officer, youth club manager, gang members, sixth formers and teachers.

1215 :: HAGGERSTON SCHOOL GET A FIRST

Year 8 reporters at Haggerston school got the chance to interview the Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the first black female to be appointed as Chaplain to the Queen.

"It's exciting and very interesting", said Chanel. We went to the Rectory where she lives and spent 30 minutes talking to her. It was interesting to hear about what she does.

Jessica was filming the interview. "I was worried in case I nudged the camera even though I had used it before and it is easier the second time around, because I've had more practice. Now all we have to do is import stuff off camera, then edit it."

1213 :: DERRY BOYS TACKLE LOCAL STORIES

School Reporters from Year 10 at St Joseph's Boys School in Derry are working on five local stories. They are reporting on a St Patrick's Day carnival taking place on Monday, and a local derby match being played by Derry City football club.

The School Reporters also interviewed Margaret McLaughlin, a local woman who has set up a support group called Mac1 for people at risk of suicide, particularly those aged between 16 and 18.

Gavin, aged 14, was researching Derry's under-age drinkers. He said: "I was surprised to find out that many young people in the area are actually drinking."

1213 :: WEATHER IS BIG NEWS AT SOUTH CHADDERTON

A chance encounter with Mother Nature at her worst prompted Kara, 12, to volunteer to research and write the weather report for South Chadderton School in Lancashire.

The vicious winds that hit Britain earlier in the week led to a part of a house in her neighbourhood collapsing on top of a parked car.

"I went by and saw that I knew that weather was an important story that I'd like to do," Kara said of the radio newscast.

1205 :: RUGBY IN SPOTLIGHT IN LEICESTERSHIRE

School reporters at Redmoor High School have not had to look far to find a sports star to speak to, as their PE teacher is a member of the England ladies' rugby team. They interviewed her on preparations for the team's final game, against Ireland, this week.

Students are also getting to put their interview skills to the test as they quiz a number of local employers who are visiting the school as part of a careers day for Year 9 pupils.

The employers will be asked questions, which can only be answered with a "Yes" or "No" as students try to guess what their jobs are.

1200 :: ECO-STUDENTS QUIZ TEACHERS ABOUT THEIR CARS

Teachers are being grilled about their cars by students in Norfolk.

School Reporters from Northgate High School are interviewing teachers in the school car park at lunch time after being inspired by the Budget announcements about green car taxes.

"We are an eco-friendly school so my friend Kerry and I thought this would make a good story for us," says Charlotte, 14. "Most teachers drive to school so we will be asking them if the changes will make a difference to them."

1155 :: PRIME MINISTER GRILLED BY BEDFORD STUDENTS

Gordon Brown facing students' questions
Gordon Brown faced students' questions

Girls at St Andrews School, Bedford, have been recording interviews with important people from the prime minister to the England women's cricket captain. They are also gathering news from people in their local community including a chef, the manager of a local butterfly farm and nurse.

Wayne, Emma and Enya from schools in Northern Ireland, including St Catherine's College, Armagh, have been interviewing politicians at Stormont. One interview lasted for three hours.

1145:: GWENT PUPILS LOOK AT PARKS FOR THE ELDERLY

School reporters at Nantyglo Comprehensive School have been investigating whether parks for the elderly would be popular with local residents in Gwent, Wales.

Clare, 13, conducted a survey in the town on whether people would be interested in a park for the elderly and what types of facilities they would like to see. The results of the survey are being turned into a story for School Report.

¿They told us they like to do exercise, such as walking or swimming. And they like gardening and reading books,¿ says Clare.

11:40:: LONDON STUDENTS QUESTION GOVERNMENT MINISTER

A school project on the issue of plastic bags and the environment is making news at Queens Park Community School in London.

Students interviewed government minister Hilary Benn and quizzed him on the subject, which they have been tackling in a school project.

They also got the inside story on the BBC Robin Hood programme from actor Gordon Kennedy (who plays Little John), who told them what was coming up in the next series.

1140 :: CAMBRIDGESHIRE STUDENTS QUIZ ELY MAYOR

The Mayor of Ely has faced what he called his "most rigorous" grilling in years when School Reporters from the City of Ely Community College put his plans to reduce the use of plastic bags under the spotlight.

Ben, 13, gave his verdict on Mayor Ron Bradney's performance saying: "His answers were quite convincing and truthful. It didn't feel like he was just making it up."

Fellow School Reporters, Rachel, 13, and Luke, 12, covered a local entertainment story when they spoke to people who met film star Liam Neeson when he was in town earlier in the week working on the film, The Other Man.

1138 :: DUMFRIES PUPILS INTERVIEW RECTOR

Pupils at St Joseph's College in Scotland are covering a range of topics as part of their news coverage.

They have had a sneak preview round the new DB One swimming pool and leisure complex in Dumfries, and are reporting on the drive to achieve a Green Flag award, which is given to eco-friendly schools.

They are also covering the school's participation in the Sport Relief campaign, and several pupils have also been interviewing the school's rector Jaques Chezeaud, who is retiring at the end of the month.

School Reporter Derri, 13, said: "Mr Chezeaud said he really felt good that he had held the school together as its head master for the past 14 years."

1135 :: OLDHAM BLUE COAT TURNS PURPLE FOR CHARITY

Student reporters at Oldham Blue Coat are reporting on a story that is very close to the school community.

Year 9 student Mary explained that students are doing a television story on a recent fundraising day in aid of the Lavender Trust, which supports young women suffering from breast cancer.

The story stems from a teacher at their school's brush with the illness.

1130 :: BELFAST STUDENTS QUIZ JUDO CHAMPION

Two pupils at Glengormley High School in Belfast are interviewing fellow student Lisa, who is a champion in judo.

Lisa, 14, has been telling School Reporters, Jordan and Jordan, how she started judo when she was four-years-old. Also, when she was 13, Lisa defeated a 19-year-old to win gold in the Northern Ireland Judo Championships.

Lisa is in training for her next competition in a week's time. She says: ¿I'm not nervous about it because I've competed in other competitions before¿. Her ultimate aim is to take part in the 2012 Olympic Games.

1125 :: STOCKSBRIDGE INVESTIGATES EXTRA GCSE CASH

Stocksbridge student
Increased science funding interested the students

Chancellor Alistair Darling's plans to spend more on improving GCSE science results in schools attracted the attention of Stocksbridge News Day reporters.

For the pupils, who are in Year 9 and making their GCSE choices at the South Yorkshire school later this academic year, the promise of an extra £10m over the next five years sounded like good news.

Nathan,13, is planning to study all three sciences spoke to a science teacher to get her reaction. He said: "Miss Wienand thought any extra money was bound to improve GCSE results."

11:12 :: REPORTERS BRAVE RAIN AT STORMONT

School Report LIVE spoke to School Reporters as they faced the elements in Belfast.

Students there spoke about their experiences interviewing some of Northern Ireland's high-profile politicians.

Andrew, from Belfast Boy's Model School, said of meeting Gerry Kelly: ¿I thought he was going to be angry and intense, but he was friendly to us. I learnt that you have to listen to both sides of the story, and you must report exactly what's been said.¿

1110 :: TIPS FOR SCHOOL REPORTERS

Sarah Louise from Plant Hill Arts School, Manchester, is putting together the website in time for the deadline. She is under pressure! However, she knows others who want to become journalists.

A tip from Maddie at Hinchley Wood School, Surrey is to use family contacts to get your story. She was able to set up an interview with an up-and-coming fashion designer who took part in London Fashion week. Stephanie, from Blairgowrie High School, Perthshire, is interviewing her brother for a Sports Relief story.

Breaking news from Hill Head School, Glasgow, is that today's fire drill followed a real fire on the third floor of the building yesterday. Rosa, the editor, said she "was starting to worry that they may miss the deadline" because of the drill.

1107 :: SURREY CHOIR GIRLS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Members of the girls' choir at Guildford County School in Surrey are putting themselves in the spotlight - after their counterparts in the boys' choir appeared on TV.

For their School Report package, the students have recorded an interview with Gareth Malone from BBC Two's The Choir in a studio at BBC Southern Counties Radio.

"In our school, the boys' choir is a big thing and has been featured on TV a couple of times," says 12-year-old Elin. "The people from the girls' choir are starting to think it's a bit unfair because the boys are getting all the attention."

1102 :: LANCASHIRE COLLEGE RESEARCHES GLOBAL WARMING

Global warming has been the hot topic for budding School Reporters at Accrington Moorhead Sports College.

They have interviewed presenter Johnny Ball, MP Greg Pope and Gabrielle Walker, co-author of The Hot Topic, who spoke to them via a computer link with the Antarctic.

One of their pupils took part in a schools trip to the Arctic and Amy has spoken about what she saw of climate change. Their programme will also include film reviews - presented by 11-year-old Beth.

1100 :: HACKNEY STUDENTS HAVE AN UNUSUAL START

Following recent Budget announcements on taxes and alcohol, Cardinal Pole RC School Reporters Felix and Niquell, Year 9, wanted to know more about the impact it will have on anti-social behaviour. In the morning they set off to the nearest local public house where they interviewed an old customer.

"It's hard work but fun, you can't laze about," says Felix. Niquell adds: "It's difficult, you've got to check everything and make sure there is no conflict". Felix and Niquell are now preparing to interview the landlord of another nearby pub.

1100 :: PLANE RIDDLE FOR SOUTHAMPTON SCHOOL

Youngsters from a Southampton school are helping decide where in the city a monument to one of its most famous products should be sited.

Pupils at St George Catholic College in Southampton have been gathering information on the Spitfire aircraft, which was designed and built in the city.

One youngster involved in researching the history of the WWII fighter plane, James, 12, said: "They are thinking of putting up a memorial to it and are trying to decide where it should go."

1100 :: SCHOOL REPORTS ON RESPECT FOR UNIFORMS

A local shop owner has launched a campaign to show respect for the armed forces following advice to some RAF personnel not to war uniforms in public.

Children from Minster School in Nottinghamshire are planning to interview shopkeeper David Moore about his plans to offer discounts to any servicemen who wear their uniforms in public.

They are hoping to film him about his campaign.

1050 :: LONDON STUDENTS LOOK TO HONG KONG

Sponge being thrown at teacher
Sport Relief fundraising includes sponging their teachers
Children in Hong Kong are missing school because of a flu outbreak - something students at Plumstead Manor School in London think is a perfect story for School Report.

Samea, 12, said: "It's not very nice but it is a good story. We saw it on Newsround. I am writing a script on it and have found a picture I can use."

The team is also covering the school's renovation project and students' efforts to raise funds for Sport Relief including paying 50 pence to throw a wet sponge at their teachers.

1048 :: ADVICE FOR STUDENTS ON SENSITIVE STORIES

Two stories which students might have seen in the news today concern a sexual assault in Goa and the inquest into the death of Greater Manchester police chief, Michael Todd.

Ideally School Reporters should avoid these stories, but if students are keen to report them, it is essential they stick to the bare facts.

It might help to look at how the BBC News website have reported the stories. If you have any concerns, call School Report Producer Ros Smith on 020 8225 8448.

1045 :: STUDENTS PROBE HISTORIC FIND IN ORKNEY

Children aged 11 and 12 are reporting on the Westray Stone, which is thousands of years old and was found accidentally by a parent of one of the pupils.

Eleven-year-old Lee is recording an interview with his dad, who found the stone while quarrying in a field.

Lee, along with other pupils at Glaitness School, in Orkney, found more information about the stone on the internet. He says: "The stone is big and has spirals and curly lines on it."

1044 :: LEICESTER STUDENTS FIND MOTIVATION IN SKIPPING

Riverside Business and Enterprise College students
The college's students were discussing litter problems

School reporters at Riverside Business and Enterprise College in Leicester have been debating how students can tackle the problem of litter around school.

One possible solution hit upon was litter picking duties for students - though it was agreed it might be hard to remain motivated in winter.

But motivation could come in the form of skipping - teacher Susan Brown says the students are about to get some tips from a motivational guru on how skipping can help the mind as well as the body.

1030 :: GUERNSEY STUDENTS PUSH FOR NEW SCHOOL

Students at a school in Guernsey have tackled the issue of funding delays for a new school building with their Education Minister Martin Ozanne.

A team of Year 7 students at Les Beaucamps conducted a radio interview with the minister, boldly asking him: "Where is our new school?"

"They were very brave," says teacher Adrian Prowse. "The 11 to 12-year-olds didn't pull any punches."

1026 :: NOTTINGHAM STUDENTS FORECAST BUSY DAY

Pupils in Nottinghamshire are getting some help from a TV weather presenter as they prepare to appear on his live lunchtime forecast on BBC East Midlands Today.

In return, weatherman Des Coleman will help the students at Greenwood Dale School with their own story about why it never snows in Nottingham.

The pupils have a busy schedule of stories set up, including one about the school's plans to become an academy. "We thought it would give the students a bit more information about it and I'm going to interview the head teacher," says Jonathan, 12.

1023:: MANCHESTER SCHOOLS GET SPACE VISITOR

Aspiring School Reporters in Manchester will be hearing all about the Rosetta space mission from a surprise visitor.

A life-size replica of the European Space Agency's space probe is being unveiled at the North West Manchester City Learning Centre (CLC) as part of National Science and Engineering Week.

Students will be interviewing Conway Mothobi, a senior lecturer from Manchester Metropolitan University, who is coming to the CLC to tell them all about the Rosetta's ten-year space mission.

1022 :: BBC BOSS QUIZZES STUDENTS

BBC director general Mark Thompson
BBC director general Mark Thompson spoke to students

Director general of the BBC, Mark Thompson, spoke to students at St Thomas More Roman Catholic College in Manchester.

They told him about the stories they were covering and their experience of the News Day.

Lauren and Katrina are tackling the issue of homework and whether it should be reduced or banned all together. Shaunee and Josh were interested in the Budget and the impact of plastic bags on the environment.

10:20 :: SCHOOL REPORT TV LIVE FROM WALES

Students in Dolgellau have been speaking to School Report LIVE as they prepare to interview Lord Elis Thomas, presiding officer of the National Assembly of Wales.

School Reporters from Ysgol Y Gader will speak to the politician later today.

1020 :: BUDGET AND PRATCHETT LEAD THE NEWS AT CHIGWELL

Chigwell School pupils
School Reporters said they were having a "great time"

The Budget's effect on young people and the news that writer Terry Pratchett is to fund research into Alzheimer's disease are just two of the topics that have caught the imagination of School Reporters at Chigwell School in Essex.

Angus and Jessica, both 13, say everyone is busy as the School Reporters knuckle down to research their stories before putting up web pages and video showing their own take on the news.

"I'm having a great time," says Angus, who auditioned to be a presenter. "The atmosphere is busy and everyone's working together."

1018 :: SALFORD COVERS SPORT FROM EVERY ANGLE

Students at Moorside City Learning Centre in Salford have come up with a wide range of ideas with sporting themes, said the BBC's Sarah Collins, who is mentoring the pupils.

Student reporter Jake, 13, is a Year 9 pupil who is reading the sport for the school's radio newscast.

"I've really enjoyed it, it's been a lot of work and we've put a lot into it, but I think I've done well," he said of his stint in the news business.

1010 :: PARTY LEADERS FACE GRILLING

Students have been holding the UK's top politicians to account.

Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ian Paisley, Alex Salmond and Dafydd Elis-Thomas are all being grilled by School Reporters on subjects including education, the environment and gang violence.

Conservative leader David Cameron risked unpopularity by firmly telling youngsters at George Green's School in east London that student university fees were here to stay. But he was less punchy when asked who was the first person he had kissed.

"She's now happily married so I don't want to interfere in her life. So I'm afraid I'm not going to answer the question," he said.

Reports of the full interviews will be on the School Report website at lunchtime.

10:10 :: ROSS-SHIRE PUPILS INVESTIGATE ACCIDENTS

Plockton High School pupils
Plockton High School pupils were researching road accidents

A series of road accidents prompted students to put their local member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) on the spot.

A team of 12 and 13-year-olds from Plockton High School in Ross-shire interviewed John Farquhar Munro about road conditions. They were interested in complaints about what was being put on the roads in icy conditions.

Catriona, 12, says the interview went well: "It was really good. He was very informative".

1007 :: THE SHOW MUST GO ON

School Report LIVE - the dedicated TV channel - has lost a vital piece of technology but is still up and running.

Editor of School Report, Helen Shreeve, said: "They are doing a fantastic job and it just goes to show that this kind of thing can happen to anybody, so schools shouldn't be put off and just go for it."

1000 :: MANCHESTER SCHOOL ASKS FAIR QUESTIONS

Following Fairtrade week at Newall Green High School, Greater Manchester, Year 8 School Reporter Paige thought it would be a good idea to interview the Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander.

She asked him about his role and why it was important to help farmers in the developing world. Stephanie, also Year 8, asked retail marketer Debbie Robinson about how the Co-op could help promote fair trade products. It has been "really exciting" says Stephanie.

Both School Reporters are now busy putting the filmed interview together, ready to upload.

0945 :: EARLY START FOR COOMBESHEAD SCHOOL

Tom, from Coombeshead School, Newton Abbot, was in very early with his team of radio reporters. The reporters are now out in the field gathering stories. Two reporters have gone to a local press conference to find out about a nearby battery farm.

Freya, also from Coombeshead School, said that writing to deadlines could be nerve-wracking but the key to success was to "start early and enjoy it".

09:45 :: HAMPSHIRE SCHOOL PROBES VIEWS OF TEENAGERS

Negative portrayals of teenagers in the media have led Year 8 pupils at Fort Hill Community School to look at why this is happening.

Students are focussing on how boys in particular are seen in the media.

Pupils are interviewing teenagers about the issue and are talking to local Conservative MP Maria Miller about how the problem can be solved.

0945 :: HERTS STUDENTS TACKLE SOCIAL ISSUES

Loreto College students in St Albans
Reporters were looking at social networking sites

Year 8 students at Loreto College in St Albans, Hertfordshire, began the day by finalising feature articles to be published on their website. Teams are tackling social issues, including the use of social networking sites by teenagers.

This morning, the School Reporters will be turning their attention to news. They plan to follow up a local story that hit the national headlines earlier this year about medical records that were discovered in a country lane in Hertfordshire.

"The pupils hope to talk to a local medical professional to find out how their practice disposes of patients' records," says teacher Jeandre Cooke.

0944 :: CHESHIRE CHECKS OUT GLOBAL SCHOOL MENUS

School reporters at St Chad's Catholic High School in Cheshire are reporting on how school dinners in their part of the country compare with those served up around the world.

"Our school is a language college so we have all these links with other countries," explains 15-year-old Rebecca.

The countries researched include Uganda, Chile, China, Spain and France. Rebecca said School Report found that British school dinners seem to offer the most variety, but not necessarily the healthiest choices.

0944 :: LINCOLNSHIRE STUDENTS RESEARCH ONLINE GAMING

Online gaming is one of the main ways children interact in rural villages around Lincolnshire and children at Monks' Dyke Technology College are organising a vox pop on how children play at weekends.

Teacher Mike Kinnaird said: ¿There are a few facilities in our local villages where children can go out and play at weekends. And with many of the children living around 10 miles apart from one another, their only interaction is online.¿

School Reporters Piers, 11, and Jocelyn, 12, are planning a radio piece on the local life boat.

0942 :: WILTSHIRE SCHOOL HAS CHELTENHAM TIP

Students at a Wiltshire school are tipping the racehorse Twenty Degrees in Friday's big foxhunter chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

They have been taking an unusually keen interest in the racing for News Day because one of the staff at Abbeyfield School is married to the horse's owner.

Thirteen-year-old Callum has been writing about Terry Pratchett's decision to donate £500,000 to research into Alzheimer's disease. Callum said: "I have met Terry Pratchett at a book signing and he is one of Britain's best fantasy writers."

0930 :: SALFORD SAVE OUR SCHOOL CAMPAIGN GATHERS PACE

Pupils at St George's Roman Catholic High School in Salford are battling plans by Salford Council to close the school and send its 600 pupils elsewhere.

They have recorded a song, Save Our School, and plan to post a video of the recording on the school website to mark School Report News Day.

They have also interviewed a key council official - which was also filmed for the special day - and organised a march attended by nearly 1,000 people.

0920 :: LIVERPOOL SCHOOLS ANALYSE BUDGET

School report LIVE has spoken to students in Liverpool as they gather stories for today's bulletin.

Hannah, heading The Heath School's news team, was concentrating on yesterday's Budget. She said: "It affects everyone in the UK and me personally, as I get to school by car."

0901 :: IRAQI PUPILS TELL THEIR STORIES AT ESSEX SCHOOL

Mayfield School pupils filming for School Report
Students at Mayfield School preparing their reports

The experiences of living in Iraq and living through the 7 July bombings are some of the personal stories that have been told by children at Mayfield School, Essex.

Barove, 17, and Hevi, 12, told School Reporter Abdul, 14, about their experiences of living in northern Iraq before coming to the UK as refugees. "I don't remember what life was like when I was in Iraq because I was very young, but I'd like to go back there to study," said Barove.

Four children from the school have also told of being caught up in the London bombings on 7 July 2005. Their stories are being told through video and audio and will be on the school's website later.

0900 :: SCHOOL REPORT TV GOES LIVE

The School Report website also features School Report TV, which is now live. Radio and TV coverage is also available on the BBC's red button service. There will be highlights of School Report LIVE available in the evening.

0855 :: SCHOOL REPORT RADIO GOES LIVE

School Report Radio is live and can be accessed through the website for the day, streaming school-based activities and pupils' news reports.

Olivia, from Strangford Integrated College in Northern Ireland, said the day was "very exciting" and it had been "lots of fun learning about the technical side of radio". Hear more from the school later in the day.

Behind-the-scenes footage of School Report in Northern Ireland will also be available on the red button service after 1830 GMT.

0600 :: PUPILS IN SOMERSET KICK-START NEWS DAY

It was an early start for pupils from Stanchester Community School, Somerset, when coverage kicked-off on BBC Breakfast. Presenter Sarah Campbell is at the school throughout the programme hearing about what they have done to prepare and their views of stories on the day.





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