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What is BBC News School Report?

BBC News School Report explained

BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

Using lesson plans and materials from this website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.

In March, schools take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website, to which the BBC aims to link. The next News Day is Thursday 15 March 2012.

BBC News presenter and former teacher, Huw Edwards, is working on School Report.

He said: "Over the years I've run many journalism workshops in schools. So I've seen how much fun it can be and how much can be learnt when there are real deadlines, real audiences and real standards to meet.

"I'm involved because I want to give young people the chance to make the news themselves, and I want to share the principles of good journalism.

"So have a go, let me know what you think, and good luck!"

Huw Edwards
I'm involved because I want to give young people the chance to make the news themselves, and I want to share the principles of good journalism.
Huw Edwards

How does it work in practice?

There are five steps for teachers to take:

1. Register your school: This gives access to regular School Report e-mails and invitations to School Report briefing events and the chance to receive School Report learning resources.

2. Return the Head Teacher Agreement form: Once this form is returned, schools become part of the School Report Network. This gives you permission to use BBC News School Report 2012 branding, the chance to take part in monthly training days, and receive one-to-one advice from BBC members of staff, either by phone, e-mail or sometimes in person.

3. Return the Head Teacher Consent form: By returning the second piece of paperwork, schools become part of the School Report Team and pupils become School Reporters, and start reporting for real.

4. Prepare a dedicated web page for your students' news on your school website to receive a link from the School Report map.

5. Arrange for a news-making activity to take place on 15 March 2012 and for your students' news to be uploaded to your dedicated page by 1600 GMT on this date.

Teachers are encouraged to complete steps 1-4 as soon as possible, in order to make the most of the project. Once the two forms have been returned and a dedicated web page created, pupils will have real audience for their work it by virtue of a link from this website.

Practice News Days

As well as the main News Day in March, there are also opportunities to join in a practice News Day - a chance to rehearse what you will do on the March News Day. We suggest you join in on one or more of these dates:

  • Friday 18 November
  • Thursday 8 December
  • Thursday 19 January
  • Wednesday 8 February

You can hold your own practice News Day on a date of your choosing, but one advantage of taking part on one of these central dates is that your school will be featured on the School Report website.

During the 2010/11 academic year, we ran practice News Days in November, December, January and February.

Public service

The BBC runs School Report so that young people from across the UK have the chance to make their own news to real deadlines and broadcast it to real audiences.

This is because the BBC's first public purpose under its Charter is to "sustain citizenship and civil society", in part by providing an impartial news service for all.

School Report helps fulfil this in three ways:

  • By engaging young people with news
  • By bringing their voices and stories to a wider audience
  • By sharing some of the public service values behind content creation, such as fairness, accuracy, and impartiality since so many young people are content creators and distributors.

Further information

To find our more about the project, please visit the Frequently asked questions page and watch this explanatory video which lasts six minutes.

School Report explained

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