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This section is aimed as background material for teachers or older pupils

School Reporters sitting down, wearing their lanyards


The resources on these pages are designed to give you more information about how School Report works and some of the important fundamentals of the project.

You'll also find resources you can use as extension activities for your class or as advanced options for older students.


Starting Out

If you're new to School Report or just want a refresher on how the project works, the guides on the right are full of useful information about the fundamentals of the project.

You can read tips from other teachers and find out more about getting older students involved with School Report.

There's also advice on working with BBC mentors and tips on how to prepare your school website.

Don't forget, you can also download posters and mic cubes, to make sure everyone at school knows your students are taking part.


Development for pupils and teachers

Students can learn a lot about the media and how the news is made by taking part in School Report.

But research has shown that it can also help pupils develop other skills - and help you meet your professional development goals.

We also have some tips on offer in two films made by BBC 2012 Apprentices - one on the value of apprenticeships and one on the benefit of work experience. These films would be particularly suitable for older children.

The resources on the right offer more details and case studies.


Working with other schools

Your school can choose to link up with other schools taking part in School Report.

You can be part of a newsgathering hub with other schools in your region or you can even team up with a school from another country.

Check out the resources on the right for more information.


This is a great starting point if you are new to the project or want a refresher in the essentials.

It tells you many of the key things you need to know such as what forms you need to fill in and suggests a rough timeline of important dates.

Remember that it is up to you how you run the project in your school: the size of the group; the age of the pupils; whether it is run as part of the mainstream curriculum or as an after school club - all these things are up to the school and teacher to decide, depending on what works for your pupils and wider school community.

To take part in School Report, there are three stages that we ask you to complete:

1. Register your school: This gives access to regular School Report e-mails and invitations to School Report briefing events and the chance to receive School Report learning resources. Schools only need to register once, not every year, but we do need up-to-date contact details for a Lead Teacher.

2. Return the Head Teacher Agreement form: Once this form (Form 1) is returned, schools become part of the School Report Network. This gives you permission to use BBC News School Report 2012 branding, the chance to take part in monthly training days, and receive one-to-one advice from BBC members of staff, either by phone, email or sometimes in person.

3. Return the Head Teacher Consent form: By returning the second piece of paperwork (Form 2), schools become part of the School Report Team and pupils become School Reporters, and start reporting for real. We can link to your School Report page on your school website and bring a huge audience to your work.

Forms 1 and 2 have to be completed each year by every school.

All the content your School Reporters produce needs to be put online, and we ask that you create a specific page for your content rather than just putting it on the school homepage.

This means people can always find your great content, rather than a homepage without any School Report stories.

Read this guide to find out how to ensure your school's webpage looks fantastic and is ready in time for News Day.

School Report is open to 11 to 16-year-olds in 2011-12 - but older students can still get involved as mentors.

This guide offers advice and real life examples of how older pupils have been included in the project.

Once you've signed up to take part in School Report, visit this page to find out more about what happens next.

There are ideas on how to prepare for News Day on 15 March and you can download School Report posters to spread the word about what you're doing.

Students and teachers often ask how they can get "big names" involved in their School Report project.

Schools have been very successful at bidding for celebrities and interviewees have included England cricketer Phil Tufnell, author Nick Hornby, BBC presenter George Alagiah and comedian Richard Herring.

This guide gives advice for persuading famous people to join in with your school.

And if you are interested in pursuing sports stars for your reports, read this guide for getting athletes involved in School Report.

Wherever possible, the School Report team tries to match schools taking part in the project with a BBC mentor.

This guide explains what mentors can do for your school's project and how the relationship works.

Please be aware though, that this is not always possible.

Some teachers, especially those new to the project, may find it useful to have a simple guide to the project for any curious parents. It is difficult to produce a comprehensive guide, as different schools run the project very differently, but this guide covers most of the basics.

If you have access to a green or blue screen facility, you can ask the School Report team to send you some newsroom backdrops to use in your bulletins.

Look at the images in this gallery and contact the School Report team by email on if you would like to receive the images to use at your school.

Teachers from across the UK explain how they use School Report to help pupils develop specific skills required for their curriculum.

Read more about research that indicates that participating in School Report can have an impact on literacy.

You can also download the full report.

And a report from two academics at the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University found "widespread agreement" about the worth of the initiative around the UK.

This guide contains more information on how School Report can be used in Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

It includes links and a case study of a teacher who found the project useful.

Being an apprentice doesn't have to mean being pointed at by Lord Sugar and being told "you're fired".

This film from BBC 2012 Apprentice Luke Boatright explains the sort of opportunities are on offer to apprentices in all kinds of careers.

Luke also looks into the benefits available to both businesses and to apprentices themselves.

Work experience can be a valuable way of learning what you do - and don't - want to do with your future career.

The BBC 2012 Apprentices worked with presenter Sonali Shah to produce this film about the benefits of work experience.

They offer tips on how to find it and make the most of it once you do.

Some schools become part of newsgathering hubs on News Day. This means they build links with other schools to report on their own news-making process on the big day.

Some schools are field reporters and others are news gatherers. This guide explains how it works and how to become part of a hub.

Find out what teachers thought about being part of newsgathering hubs on News Day 2011.

The teachers explain how they ran the day and what their pupils got from the experience.

BBC World Class and BBC News School Report have worked together to create a special lesson plan which helps students make an international news report with the help of their partner school.



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