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This pick and mix section allows teachers to create bespoke lessons by picking activities and resources

School Reporters preparing to go to Downing Street


School Report has updated its core resources for teachers to use in a historic year for the UK.

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And if you have any suggestions about how to improve the classroom activities or ideas for new exercises, we'd love to hear from you!

The 2011-12 academic year will take in events - like the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Diamond Jubilee - which will have a massive impact around the UK.

And we want our resources to give you all the support you need to help your pupils capture these occasions - and all the other stories they want to cover.

We have divided the resources into a pick and mix area and six updated lesson plans, giving teachers more choices about how to run the project in their classroom.


The pick and mix resources are designed to allow teachers to create bespoke lessons for their students, from a wide range of videos, games, activities, guides and quizzes all available for use in the classroom.

You can select the mix of resources that best fit the age and abilities of your class or group, as well as the time and facilities you have available for the project.

To make life easier for teachers, we've simplified the news-making process into four stages: finding news; making news; writing news; and broadcasting news.

The Reporting 2012 section is designed to help schools produce content to do with the Olympics, Paralympics, Cultural Olympiad, Diamond Jubilee and all the other big events taking place.

And the masterclass section brings together top tips and behind-the-scenes insight from BBC journalists, with videos accompanied by PDFs of the key points.

Our new video masterclasses are available to download for use in the classroom. Click here to download the video files.

This will help you to use the material in the classroom, even if you have an unreliable or slow internet connection. By downloading the video before your lesson, you will be able to save it onto a computer, memory stick or other storage device for easy use.

School Report is an inclusive project that aims to work with all schools, so we will make every effort to ensure the resources are available in accessible formats wherever possible.

Look out for boxes like this for extra advice, practical tips and guidance

Teachers have the option of allowing pupils to follow the resources directly, with notes for teachers appearing in boxes on the right-hand side of the pages when necessary.


For teachers who prefer a more structured approach, our six structured lesson plans follow the same themes as the first five 'pick and mix' resources, with a sixth lesson to help you prepare for News Day.

The lessons are designed to last for approximately one hour, but can be condensed or lengthened depending on the time available to you, with many of the timings allowing for extra discussion time at the end of the activity. Last year's lesson plans are also available for any teachers who prefer to stick with what they know.


The Teacher Essentials area is aimed specifically at teachers and provides material and resources to help get to grips with the most important concepts and practical skills, as well as advice on running the project and a planning diary.

Truth and accuracy
Editorial integrity and independence
Serving the public interest
Balancing the right to report with respect for privacy
Balancing the right to report with protection of the vulnerable
Safeguarding children
Being accountable to the audience

With guides to areas like covering a press conference and filming interviews, this is the place to find out in-depth information on particular aspects of journalism.

Throughout the resources, the BBC editorial values, at the heart of the BBC's commitment to rigorous and balanced journalism, are explained and demonstrated.

And why not set up your own editorial values for your School Report journalism? These are the golden rules that everyone in the team will sign up to.

The resources will also provide advice on issues such as safeguarding children online and media law, like copyright, defamation and contempt of court.


There are also several new multiple choice quizzes - such as the one below on finding news - in the lesson plans and pick and mix resources, so students can easily test and recap their learning.

Quiz: Finding news

Test your knowledge about what news is and the places you can find it.

Journalists working in a newsroom

1.) Journalist's role

Which of these best describes the job of journalist?

School Reporters sit in a studio
  1. Someone who finds and reports newsworthy stories.
  2. Someone who watches the news.
  3. Someone who promotes politicians and businesses.

2.) What is news?

Which of these headlines is NOT news?

School Reporters look at a pile of papers
  1. US President to visit UK.
  2. Pupil drops pen during lesson.
  3. Usain Bolt breaks 100m record.

3.) Sources

Contacts are...

School Reporters using a camera
  1. People journalists talk to when they are researching stories.
  2. Notebooks which contain a journalist's research.
  3. The big TV screens in the newsroom.

4.) Sources

What are "wires"?

The newsroom at BBC Television Centre in London
  1. A nickname for camera operators.
  2. Another name for headlines.
  3. Reports from journalists all over the world that news organisations pay to access.

5.) News values

The head teacher of a local primary school tells you that she's upset about a proposal to close her school. What headline would you choose for this story?

School Reporter prepares to read the headlines
  1. Head teacher announces school closure
  2. Head teacher upset over school closure plan
  3. Head teacher attacks council over school closure

6.) Types of news

Newsbeat is Radio 1's news programme. There are two bulletins every weekday, plus news summaries throughout the day. How long is each bulletin?

On Air and Mic Live signs in a radio studio
  1. 10 minutes
  2. 15 minutes
  3. 30 minutes

7.) Types of News

Which kind of news does World Have Your Say mainly report?

Someone using the telephone
  1. Local news
  2. International news
  3. National news

8.) Audience

Which of these audiences is Newsround aimed at?

Newsround logo
  1. 18 to 25-year-olds
  2. 13 to 17-year-olds
  3. 6 to 12-year-olds

9.) News platforms

Which of these is NOT a news platform?

The gallery of a studio on News Day
  1. TV
  2. Radio
  3. A desk


  1. A journalist is someone who finds newsworthy stories, creates reports and shares them with the public. Journalists do lots of different things to bring you the news, from taking pictures to doing interviews. But their core job is finding interesting, important and surprising stories that the public should hear about.
  2. Pupil drops pen during lesson is unlikely to be a news story. Different news programmes will often cover different stories but giving your audience something they need or want to know is the starting point for choosing the right stories. Would people be interested in a pupil who dropped a pen in class?
  3. Contacts are people journalists speak to when they are researching stories. Your family, friends, neighbours and teachers can all be great sources for stories.
  4. Wires are reports from journalists all over the world that news organisations pay to access. Wire services operated by media organisations such as Associated Press and the Press Association can be a really useful source for reporters. Journalists try to find two sources when reporting a story, to increase their chances of getting the most accurate information.
  5. Head teacher upset over school closure plan is the best choice. When she spoke to you, the head teacher didn't say the school was definitely closing and she didn't attack the council. Journalists must always tell the truth and report what people say accurately.
  6. Newsbeat has two 15 minute bulletins every weekday. But you'll also hear news summaries throughout the day and the Newsbeat website is regularly updated with the latest stories.
  7. World Have Your Say mainly reports international news, that's stories of interest to a global audience. News about something that's happening in one country can be really interesting to people from all over the world.
  8. Newsround is aimed at 6 to 12-year-olds. The people who make the programme choose stories they think might interest children of this age and try to cover it in a way they will find interesting.
  9. A desk is not a news platform. There are lots of places you can access the news but a desk doesn't really count! The BBC uses lots of different platforms to get news to the public, including TV, radio, websites, mobile phone apps, iPlayer, the Red Button service and social media sites.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Keep working at it

4 - 7 : Good but could be better

8 - 9 : Well done!

Again, PDF versions of the quizzes are available to print out, and online versions are also available as individual web pages to make it easier to distribute in the classroom.

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