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School Report wins European award

School Report deputy editor Ros Smith with the award
School Report deputy editor Ros Smith collects the award in Brussels

School Report has beaten off competition from around Europe to win two prizes at the MEDEA Awards in Brussels.

The BBC journalism project for schoolchildren aged between 11 and 14 won both the professional award and the overall MEDEA award on 25 November.

Now in its fifth year, School Report has worked with schools around the UK and beyond to give students the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

Judges at the MEDEA Awards - which aim to "recognise, encourage and reward excellence and creativity in media in education" - praised School Report for offering "a very attractive BBC-like experience, where the learners get to know the media environment".

"In this project, pupils learn to make news, however teamwork and accuracy are also important aspects," added the judges, made up of a jury of 72 education and media experts from 26 countries.

"This material can easily be used with clear explanations about what the students need to do and how to complete every stage, plus teachers can see some finalised project videos that can help them imagine how it all works in real classes.

I hope it will lead to more schools taking part and an even bigger audience for their work
Deputy editor Ros Smith

"It is methodologically sound, supports effective learning, is well supported and contextualised, very well designed and documented, includes internal evaluation and with integrated learning assessment."

The judges went on to praise the DVD sent out to all participating schools, and the quality of the supporting materials and resources for teachers and pupils available on the School Report website.

"In the last five years School Report has drawn on the enthusiasm and expertise of hundreds of BBC staff and thousands of teachers and pupils," said School Report editor Helen Shreeve.

"I'm very proud of what we have achieved together."

School Report deputy editor Ros Smith, who collected the award in Brussels, added: "I'm thrilled that the hard work of all the schools, partners and BBC staff has been recognised at a European level.

"This award recognises the educational value of School Report and I hope it will lead to more schools taking part and an even bigger audience for their work."

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