Students at Marden High School on practice day
School Reporters are taking part in a pioneering project which mirrors the news gathering taking place at the BBC.
Schools who have taken part in School Report every year since it began in 2006/7, are graduating to the roles of "Reporters-in-the-field" and "News gatherers" to celebrate School Report's fifth anniversary.
As well as publishing their completed reports on their school websites, on 24 March, Reporter-in-the-field schools will be filing news updates, which reflect their progress throughout the day, to a News gathering school in their group.
Each of the News gathering schools will collate and upload the reports to a "Live events" page on their websites.
Marden High School
in North Shields, are already up and running with their Live events page, having tried it out on the School Report practice News Day in February.
A real experience
School Report's own news gathering team, based at TV Centre in London, will be covering the progress of the 42 schools taking part in this pilot project on News Day, so keep an eye on the seven-hour running commentary page to follow the action as it unfolds.
Participating schools will have first-hand experience of a news gathering operation and how reports are fed into a central location where a team is responsible for collating and broadcasting them.
The Reporter-in-the field schools will feel the authentic pressure of finding news and communicating their updates clearly, while the News gathering schools will be racing against the clock to publish the updates quickly and accurately on their websites.
Working in partnership
The project has been welcomed by teachers who are excited at the prospect of working with other schools, especially those who are not near neighbours.
Teacher Joan Bloomfield from Marden High School said: "It's an opportunity to work with other schools across the north and to hopefully begin new relationships that we can use in other school projects beyond News Day."
There will be seven news gathering groups around the UK, each comprising of around six schools. Each news gathering school will have given their group a name, for example the Midlands and East Anglia group have called themselves Central Heartbeat. The groups are also recording a jingle to play in case the BBC ask them for a round-up on News Day.
If the pilot is a success, it is hoped that there will be more groups in the future and a chance to swap roles - for the Reporter-in-the-field schools to become News gathering schools and vice versa.
Schools that are taking part this year include*:
*Additional schools (that have taken part in the project for five years) will be added to list as they confirm.
The Orbital Hub
- Central and North London Hub
Loreto College, St Albans
Camden School for Girls, Camden
Paddington Academy, Westminster, London
St Andrew's School, Bedford
The St Marylebone CE School, Westminster, London
Brentside Buzz Hub
- West London and the West
Brentside High School, Ealing, London
Acton High School, Ealing, London
Charters School, Sunningdale
Reading School, Reading
Villiers High School, Southall
- South East London, Kent and Surrey
Plumstead Manor School, Greenwich
Barking Abbey Comprehensive School, Barking
Forest Hill Boys School, Lewisham
Guildford County School, Guildford
St Catherine's Catholic School for Girls, Bexley
Channel Hop Hub
- The South and South West
Sir James Smith's Community School, Camelford
Coombeshead College, Newton Abbot
Dartmouth Academy, Dartmouth
La Mare de Carteret High School, Guernsey
Le Rocquier School, Jersey
Les Beaucamps School, Guernsey
Park Community School, Havant
Central Heartbeat Hub
- Midlands and East Anglia
St John Wall Catholic School, Birmingham
Chantry High School and Sixth Form Centre, Ipswich
Longsands College, St Neots
Northgate High School, Dereham, Norfolk
North Walsham High School, Norfolk
Shepshed High School, Leicestershire
The Bemrose Community School, Derby
News Matters to Marden Hub
- The North West and North East
Marden High School, North Shields
Ryburn Valley High School, Sowerby Bridge
Primrose High School, Leeds
Rainhill High School, St Helens
Trinity Church of England High School, Manchester
Wales High School, Sheffield
William Howard School, Brampton, Cumbria
Scotland and Northern Ireland Hub
Shawlands Academy, Glasgow
Kelso High School, Kelso
St Cecilia's College, Derry