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Monday 21 March 2011, 12:45
School Report is the project from BBC News which sees young students all over the UK developing news reporting skills - using lesson plans and materials from the School Report website. With support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.
The highlight of all this activity is School Report News Day, which falls in March every year. It's a chance for all participating schools to publish their own news reports simultaneously. Last year, over 25,000 young people from over 700 schools prepared and published reports on a variety of topics, covering local, domestic and international issues.
This year, the ambition is to be bigger still and we're expecting around 800 schools to take part across the UK. We'll have 7 hours of live coverage on TV and radio on the School Report website and the red button, as well as lots of coverage on other BBC news programmes.
Over 100 students will be on site for the first ever live TV broadcast from the BBC's new home in Salford, Media City UK, which will feature content from a range of schools, hourly headlines and interviews from students based in Television Centre in London.
The young people at Media City will work together to produce a live bulletin at 2pm for our red button and web services and the entire School Report TV channel will be directed from the studio gallery there.
School Reporters have also been asked to complete the School Report survey, which aims to provide a snapshot of the UK through the eyes of 11 to 16-year-olds. More than 23,000 students have already completed it, giving us a fascinating glimpse into their lives. If we're lucky enough to have good weather on Thursday, our 100 young people at Media City will become a human percentage figure on the piazza to represent some of the results!
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Alec McGivan is Head of BBC Outreach
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