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Useful links

There are a wealth of websites available which will be hugely useful for pupils and teachers taking part in School Report.

Whether it's news websites to keep up to date with the latest stories, or advice on how to film an interview or great reference material, this list will hopefully help you along the way.

We have divided the websites into different categories:

  • BBC News websites
  • Other news websites
  • Practical Tips
  • Online Safety
  • 2012
  • Other

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.


The BBC News website is the internet arm of the biggest newsgathering operation in the world, bringing together breaking news and in-depth analysis from its team of journalists and correspondents.

BBC newsreader Huw Edwards

The website's news feeds allow you to see the latest headlines and video in one place as soon as it's published, while the front page pulls in the top stories from around the UK and the world. You can also receive the latest headlines in an email and via various mobile phone apps.

The BBC Sport website is a similarly comprehensive offering, covering a wide range of sports - from football and cricket to fencing and wrestling - with video, audio and text coverage of live events and all the latest news. The FAQ section answers many queries.

A gateway to sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland providing local BBC news, sport, entertainment and debate. You can search by your postcode to automatically find the most relevant content for your area.

Podcasts, downloads, audio, video clips and learning resources aimed primarily at primary schools.

The world's leading international broadcaster, providing news programmes and content for radio, television, online and mobile phones in English and 31 other languages.

The website accompanies the BBC children's news programme - aimed at six to 12-year-olds - that looks at the issues and headlines affecting the lives of young people.

Newsround presenter Ricky Boleto

It includes a Teachers' section of news-based lesson plans in three subject areas: English (specialising in media literacy), Citizenship and PSHE. Teachers may also find the Extra stuff section useful, which summarises topics from Afghanistan to the Welsh Assembly.

Every week BBC correspondents from around the world report on the stories behind the headlines, often bringing a personal perspective to them. The website, which accompanies The Radio 4 and World Service programme, contains a Meet the Correspondents section, which gives an insight into reporting skills. You can also find scripts of some pieces from the programmes on the website.

The home of Radio 1 news, this website tackles all the big news stories in a way that is accessible to young people. It also includes profiles of the station's reporters and presenters.

A showcase of some of the most significant stories broadcast by BBC News, since 1950. It includes a profile of numerous BBC correspondents . Please note: this archive is no longer being updated.

Ffeil (File) is a Welsh-language television news programme for children and young people, produced by BBC Cymru Wales for S4C

Rhaglen deledu newyddion yw Ffeil ar gyfer plant a phobl ifainc, wedi ei chynhyrchu gan BBC Cymru ar gyfer S4C.


Al Jazeera is an Arabic language news network, but it also has a sister English language service. Based in the Middle East but with offices all over the world, Al Jazeera often offers different perspectives - from the mainstream UK media - on important international stories.

Channel 4 News broadcasts a well-regarded nightly news programme, and their website provides a similarly in-depth experience.

Channel 4 anchor Jon Snow

There's plenty of analysis of the day's big stories from a variety of experts and correspondents, as well as features, blogs, video and audio content and links to other Channel 4 news programmes like Dispatches.

CNN is one of the biggest news organisations in the United States, and its website is one of the most popular online news sources in the world. Obviously it has a strong interest in American stories, but also has comprehensive coverage of international stories.[The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites]

ITV News website rounds up the main stories of the day with video and text reports, as well as weather reports and blogs from key on-screen talent.

This A-Z page has a link to every local newspaper website in the UK, so you can easily find the most relevant paper or papers for your area.


The UK market contains a wide range of national newspapers, with broadsheets jostling for position with tabloids in newsstands. Of course news is increasingly consumed online, with The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent and The Times (subscription required) all offering strong websites full of stories and analysis, with video and audio material in addition to the usual text output.

The Newspapers for Schools website offers two free services on behalf of the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA): paper copying and an online clippings service from over 140 UK national and regional titles. The services are designed to make the use of newspaper material as easy as possible in schools while being fully compliant with copyright law.

Sky News is another major newsgathering operation in the UK, with a 24-hour rolling news channel and an impressive website full of the breaking news and in-depth analysis. Sky Sports, of course, also offers an in-depth website full of sport news and coverage.


This site is a fantastic learning resource for journalists, whether novices or seasoned professionals. Originally produced for BBC journalists, it is now available to everyone as an external website.

It covers every aspect of journalism, from writing and technical skills to law and ethics and values, with plenty of videos, guides, tips and advice that teachers will find useful to pass on to their pupils.

In the skills section, teachers taking part in School Report may find these courses of particular interest: Huw Edwards on Headlines, Writing Tests, Sounding Your Best, The New Presenter, Radio Storytelling and Describing the Scene.

The website is another gem of a resource, packed full of insider tips on the technical side of putting together TV and radio shows and bulletins, and producing online material.

A BBC cameramen

With behind-the-scenes insights from BBC producers, presenters, reporters and more, the website helps demystify some of the technical aspects of journalism.

An outline of the standards the BBC expects of all BBC content on TV, radio and online. It is from these guidelines that the BBC News Values are drawn. For a more school-friendly explanation, why not check out the BBC Values page in our Teachers' Resources section?

The BBC's Film Network website provides a host of film-making tips explaining the entire process of film-making from script-writing to post-production. In addition, users are able to submit their own films. Teachers might find the guides, case studies, how-tos and behind the scenes resources useful.

This site, which hosts films made by the public about their everyday lives, contains a wealth of filming tips. Please note that this website is no longer being updated.

A not-for-profit organisation which promotes and encourages radio for and by children and young people.

The Channel 4 news team worked with nine schools and colleges to make an online news bulletin. The accompanying website shows how students scripted, compiled and edited the bulletin at the end of eight weeks of preparation. The website also features a media studies course for 14 to 19- year-olds developed with Channel 4 News, ITN and the participating schools.

Videos made by staff and students can be uploaded to this website, for free, so that other schools can use them for educational purposes. An embedding facility enables videos to be hosted by Films For Learning and played from other websites, such as school sites.

Headliners (formerly known as Children's Express) is a UK-wide news agency producing news, features and comment by young people, aged from eight to 19. Through a journalism programme, they research and write stories on issues that are important to them for publication in national and local newspapers, magazines, television and radio.

Radiowaves enables young people to create websites, blogs and podcasts to investigate, report or campaign on issues that matter to them.

Advice for teachers, supervisors and students interested in making radio. The charity offers advice on ways of broadcasting including over the air, over the internet and as a downloadable podcast.

Radio on air lights

Teachers and station managers are encouraged to submit the best of their programming to the website, creating a forum for sharing views and experiences.

A useful resource for GCSE, A-level, and undergraduate Media students, this virtual Sky News Student Newsroom takes you on a tour of the various job descriptions involved in television news production. It explains the journey of a story through the newsroom, the sound and vision department and the studio and gallery before being broadcast.

The Guardian newspaper offers journalism workshops in print journalism, tracing the journey of a newspaper from editorial meetings, to writing and researching articles. The newspaper's education centre also has a selection of resources for teachers to download and use in lessons.

The British Film Institute promotes understanding and appreciation of Britain's film and television heritage and culture. The accompanying website includes a section of activities, educational resources and services relevant to teaching and learning about moving image media.

A handy tool which lets you create your own autocue prompter using your browser on your computer, it is convenient and free to use.


This page links to sites which are kept up to date with useful information about using the internet in a safe way. Explanations and helpful hints to get the most out of the internet are provided for teachers, children, parents and people working in commercial organisations.

The government agency, Child Exploitation and Online Protection, has produced a website where young people can learn about internet safety, called Thinkuknow.

ChildNet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. It organises Safer Internet Day in the UK, runs workshops in schools and has factsheets and resources for teachers, parents and young people on its website.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of ChildNet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation, and provides lots of information about how to keep safe online. They also provide a helpline for professionals who work with children online.


Make the most of the London Olympics and Paralympics in your school with a variety of Olympic-themed teaching resources and initiatives.

Explore the BBC's map to find out where the Olympic Torch will stop overnight during its tour which begins on 19 May 2012 at Land's End and ends 70 days later at the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium.

Discover more about some of the inspiring athletes hoping to compete in 2012 from all over the world. Maybe your school has a link with one of them?

London 2012 isn't just about sport! The Cultural Olympiad aims to inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people. Find out what is going on in your area and get reporting!

Many events and special occasions will take place in 2012 to mark 60 years of The Queen's reign. The celebrations will centre around an extended weekend from 2 to 5 June. Find out what is being planned to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and how you can take part.

The Get Set Network is the educational arm of London 2012, with opportunities for schools to use the Games as a way of enhancing the curriculum and engaging young people in the excitement of the Games. If schools register before 16 December, they will qualify for some free tickets for the Games!

The main homepage for everything to do with London 2012, including tickets, schedules, news and facts and figures.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe

If you're planning a London 2012 story, make sure you check the latest news here, while it will also give you an overview of the history of the Games and what's going on in your area.

The Cultural Olympiad will culminate with the London 2012 Festival, which includes events like Radio 1's Hackney Weekender as well as art exhibitions and a new opera by Damon Albarn. Find out what's going on in your local area and get reporting!

The Royal Commonwealth Society are planning to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by creating the world's largest online time capsule reflecting the 22,000 days of the Queen's reign.

They are also inviting schools to Join the Queen for Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey on Monday 12 March 2012. In the year of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, to be eligible to attend, schools are asked to enter the Jubilee Time Capsule.


Standing for 21st Century Classroom, 21CC aims to enable people of all ages to create Olympics and 2012 focused multimedia content to be broadcast across the BBC.

The BBC's digital learning centres based in White City, West London, and Swinton, Salford. Book into a workshop to explore creative ways of using multimedia and new technology in teaching and learning, across the curriculum.

A one-stop shop for all things to do with democracy, Democracy Live brings together coverage from the UK's main political institutions and the European Parliament.

Democracy Live

The site allows you to find and follow your representatives, analyse historic moments and search for specific words spoken within the video from any of the institutions.

In addition, Democracy in Action, a series of short films made for the BBC's Learning Zone, illustrates the democratic process in a way that is accessible for young people.

The home of Bitesize revision, the BBC Schools site is a learning resource covering all areas of the curriculum. Teachers may also be interested in the educational games or the Class Clips - more than 4,000 video clips from BBC programmes to play in the classroom.

Book on a tour or take a virtual trip around BBC buildings including BBC TV Centre - TV headquarters - and BBC Broadcasting House, for an insight into the world of radio. You can also find out about tours around BBC premises local to you.

BBC World Class helps UK schools to twin with schools around the globe as part of its educational legacy for the 2012 Olympics.

The project works in partnership with the British Council and other organisations outside the BBC to facilitate school twinning and help the schools work together to get stories on air and online as well as learn about different cultures.

The initiative was established in 2000 by the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE) in conjunction with the Office for National Statistics to help students learn about data-handling by encouraging them to collect real data.

Pupils complete an online questionnaire which includes questions such as "What is the length of your right foot to the nearest tenth of a centimetre?" and "How long does it usually take to travel to school?" Students submitting their questionnaires are given access to the information collected by their own class plus the answers to 200 questionnaires selected at random.

Teachers can use online resources to help students analyse, interpret and compare the data. Schools in the UK can also compare data with students in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as a way of studying cultural differences.

Debate Mate are an organisation who use university students to run after school debate clubs, with a focus on inner-city schools across the UK in areas of high child poverty, together with international links in Nepal, Israel and Palestine, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

This is the official website for the UK government and contains lots of useful information about public services.

Prime Minister David Cameron

You may also want to have a find out government policy and news on the Number 10 website, which also contains links to all the other government departments and other useful politics-related websites.

The ONS is responsible for collecting, compiling and analysing a range of economic, social and demographic statistics and should be checked out if you want reliable stats for your stories and reports.

BBC Learning has invited schools across the UK to take part in Off By Heart Shakespeare, an exciting new performance contest for students aged 13-15.

On this website you can find teaching resources from RSC and video clips to get your students up on their feet, performing speeches from Shakespeare's plays and enjoying the language.

Schools Questions and Answers uses the format of BBC One's Question Time and BBC Radio 4's Any Questions? as a springboard for engaging young people in democratic society and helping them discuss issues that affect them, their communities and the wider world.

Schools Questions and Answers builds on the Schools Question Time project that ran from 2003 until 2011, in partnership with Question Time, and sees schools get involved in hosting debates and students learn about politics and parliament.

The Shine School Media Awards have been created to encourage schools to introduce publishing projects for secondary level pupils believing that such projects help to develop literacy through studying and practising editorial skills; encourage understanding of publishing and business skills (with a particular emphasis on copyright); and develop the ability to work in a team.

The awards have been developed by the 600-year-old Stationers' Livery Company in the City of London and are free to enter. Entries need to be submitted by the beginning of April 2012.

An online network of voluntary speakers dedicated to giving back to schools through free, inspiring talks for students, Speakers for Schools aims to provide state schools with access to a network of speakers who are willing to give inspirational talks to young people for free. Speakers address a range of subjects: technological, scientific, political, economic, historical, cultural, artistic, ecological and ethical.

UKYP is an independent, national charity which gives 11 to 18-year-olds a chance to voice their opinions within a structure that resembles that of Parliament. During UKYP elections, which take place each year, over 500 Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) and Deputy MYPs are elected to represent young people in their constituency.

Once elected they work with their MPs, councillors, school and youth councils and peer group members on the issues of greatest concern to their constituents.


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