Teachers wishing to enrich learning, through a school-based news-making project, now have the benefit of resources and wisdom, all in one place.
A report which explains the BBC's School Report project, contains teaching materials presented by Huw Edwards, and summarises the findings of two independent evaluations about the project has been sent to 3228 secondary schools in England.
The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) have posted a copy of "BBC News School Report: Enriching key stage 3" to all of its member schools, which make up 94 percent of the secondary schools in England.
In 2007/2008, there was an independent evaluative study of School Report as it ran in the North West of England, carried out by Don Passey, Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University. This was followed up in 2008/2009 by an evaluation of the project across the whole of the UK. In 2008, a report for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust was carried out by SSAT literacy consultant, Jan English.
Chief Executive, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Elizabeth Reid, said: "SSAT's own research has shown that a significant proportion of our member schools are already using the project successfully, and that some are finding notable benefits to literacy development. We are confident that [the publication] will support further educational developments in these schools, as well as encouraging even more schools to take part, in what we judge to be an excellent partnership project with the capacity for enriching the educational offer."
Attached to the publication being distributed is a DVD which contains two short videos explaining how School Report works, and six videos by Huw Edwards which accompany six lesson plans. These resources can also be found on this website: