The main aim of BBC News School Report is to interest young people in news of all sorts, and the world around them, by giving them the chance to make their own news. It is also an opportunity for students to inform a real audience, via BBC programmes and web pages, about the stories which are important to them. Many teachers have said that taking part in School Report supports all sorts of learning for instance by helping students develop their ability to work in teams, manage their time, conduct independent enquiries, communicate effectively and think critically, while independent evaluations and studies have also backed the project. It is also a chance for students to discuss the responsibilities involved in broadcasting their work to a world wide audience.
On Thursday 16th March 2017 Our Lady's R.C. High School participated in this years BBC News School Report. The event was a huge success with outstanding material produced. Here is a snippet of some of the headlines the pupils have thought of:
Some of our pupils also enjoyed the afternoon at MediaCityUK where they made a fantastic impression with their creativity and innovative thinking. Please visit the BBC website for more information, click here or the image below to view this coverage.
The pupils had lots of fun working with the BBC take a look below at some of the activities they got involved in.
Our last project was completed by a group of pupils who worked alongside the BBC News School Report on a Radio Project.
BBC reporters, from Our Lady's High School, Blackley, attended the BBC Breakfast programme and saw the process of filming and presenting on set. The once in a lifetime opportunity took place on the 10th March 2016 at the BBC North Head Quarters in Salford Quays, Manchester where the pupils got to watch Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty interview American country and western superstar, Carrie Underwood. Sarah, a year 9 pupil said, “It was really interesting because we got to see what happened behind the scenes as well as on set." Tracey (aged 13) added, "It was surprising to see how many people were involved in the gallery and definitely highlighted the idea of teamwork." The highlight of the day for the 8 intrepid reporters came when the pupils were invited to work with BBC Radio Manchester; interviewing legendary host, Mike Sweeney alongside taking part in a live debate broadcast during the lunchtime show.
The 8 Our Lady's students were some of the 30,000 secondary school pupils in the UK taking part in the BBC School Report activity. “I am delighted that our pupils have had the opportunity to be part of such a fantastic day. Our visit to Media City has truly highlighted the brilliant career opportunities that exist for our young people on their door step.” explained Mrs Greaves, one of Our Lady's R.C. High School English Teachers.
Below are some of the material that the group produced during the BBC News School Report:
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