The paperwork required to take part in School Report is simple to complete. There are three documents (two to return to the BBC and one for the school to retain) which can all be downloaded and printed as pdf documents from this page.
Once a school has decided to take part, teachers should return Forms 1 and 2, signed by their head teacher, as soon as possible in order to make the most of the project.
When the two forms have been returned, students are eligible to appear on the BBC, which means they can have a real audience for their work - even before the News Day. For more details, please read the FIVE STEPS FOR TEACHERS towards the foot of this page.
LETTER AND FORM 1: HEAD TEACHER PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
This agreement confirms that head teacher wants the school to take part in School Report and understands what is required from the school. It outlines the details of the partnership agreement between the school and the BBC.
Once we have Form 1, the school becomes part of the School Report Network.
This gives you permission to use special BBC News School Report 2012 branding and appear on
the School Report map.
LETTER AND FORM 2: HEAD TEACHER CONSENT
This needs to be signed by the head teacher to confirm that they have the necessary parental consent for the students to take part in School Report.
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It needs to be returned to the School Report team by the end of January.
Once you have returned Form 2 your school becomes part of the School Report 2012 Reporting Team.
Your pupils will become School Reporters, and can start reporting for real.
LETTER AND FORM 3: PARENTAL CONSENT
We do not need these forms returned to us - they are for schools to send to parents and to keep on file at school.
FIVE STEPS FOR TEACHERS
There are five steps for teachers to take:
Register your interest online
to receive regular emails about the project.
2. Return Form 1, the Head Teacher Partnership Agreement form, for your school become part of the School Report Network.
This gives you permission to use unique BBC News School Report 2012 branding, to appear on the School Report map, the chance to take part in monthly Practice News Days, and receive one-to-one advice from BBC members of staff, either by phone, email or sometimes in person.
3. Return Form 2, the Head Teacher Consent form, for your school to become part of the School Report 2012 Reporting Team.
Your pupils will become School Reporters, and start reporting for real. We can then link to your School Report page on your school website and bring a bigger audience to your work.
Prepare a dedicated web page
for your students' news on your school website. We will then link to it from the School Report map.
5. Start reporting! 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.
And keep on reporting... your School Reporters can be the voices for their community throughout the 2011-12 academic year.
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.