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What is BBC School Report?

Published on 18/03/15

BBC School Report offers 11-16 year olds across the UK the chance to make and report on local and national news. Started in 2006, BBC School Report now has over 1,200 schools signed up to take part in 2015.

Schools can take part by logging in to www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport. Sign ups for 2015 have already closed, but schools can register their interest for BBC School Report 2016.

How BBC School Report could benefit your school

Reporting on events as part of this activity can help with several areas of the school curriculum, whilst also helping students interested in journalism as a career following education. Benefits of taking part in BBC School Report include:

  • Develop writing skills. Creating content for BBC School Report can not only help students improve their writing skills, but also help develop their research and investigative skills.
  • Strengthen knowledge of current events. Students are encouraged to report on current news stories, which will help pupils to develop a great understanding of the current affairs.
  • Work as part of a team, and to a deadline. Important attributes, working in a group to create articles and reports for this event can help students strengthen several core skills, outside of the classroom.
  • Learn more about history. BBC School Report has suggested students study WW1 as part of their reports in 2015, in the lead up to Armistice Day centenary in 2018.
  • Students interested in journalism, or writing as a career. BBC School Report offers secondary school students the opportunity to work as a journalist for the day. Pupils could even use it as examples in their personal statement or CV when applying for work experience or university places.

Want to find out more about BBC School Report? Head over to the e4education Academy for some free guides, and tips on writing the best news reports.

Getting Started With BBC School Report

In this resource, we will introduce BBC School Report, explain the benefits schools can receive from taking part, as well as highlighting how to display the content you create on your school website.