Making the most of 2012 with BBC News School Report

Category: News; Sport
School Report is an annual mass participation project that gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

BBC News School Report 2012 is an integral part of the BBC's commitment to ensuring that the London 2012 Olympic Games leave a legacy for future generations. The project puts young people at the heart of the BBC’s coverage of London 2012 by enabling secondary schools around the UK to make and broadcast their own reports to a global audience.

Since its launch in 2006 the award winning project has helped hundreds of schools and thousands of pupils make the news for real. Using lesson plans and materials online and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters. Reporting opportunities are offered throughout the year to motivate schools and gain a wider audience.

Schools work in partnership with the BBC on the project:

  • to engage young people with news and the world around them
  • bring their voices and stories to a wider audience
  • to give teenagers the opportunity to discuss the values behind making and sharing their own content such as accuracy and fairness.

Independent evaluation of the project by academics over a number of years has found taking part in School Report can have high educational value and in November 2010 beat competitors from 26 countries to win the MEDEA award for “excellence and creativity in media in education”.

Invitation to Report 2012 with the BBC

For 2012 the project will be reaching out to every secondary school in the UK and extending the age range to 11-16 year old students in those schools (previously 11-14 year olds). As well as the age range extending to 11-16 year olds, a leadership programme for older pupils will enable whole schools to get involved for the first time.

The aim is to have 1,000 schools taking part in a special Olympic-focused News Day on 15 March 2012.

An Invitation to Report 2012 with the BBC has been sent to every secondary school headteacher in the UK, inviting schools to register with School Report 2012. This invitation contains a link to new 2012-themed teaching resources, featuring BBC experts such as Sophie Raworth and Huw Edwards.

By using the teaching resources and with the help of their teachers and BBC, volunteer pupils learn about reporting and get ready for News Day.

School Report News Day 2012

On the 15 March 2012 at least 1,000 schools across the UK will turn their classrooms into newsrooms to join the BBC in a unique interactive news broadcast, when 11-16 year olds will report on all the news and sport that’s important to them in 2012.

There will be coverage throughout the day on local, regional and national BBC news programmes and services plus eight hours of continuous live coverage entirely dedicated to School Reporters on

Carry on Reporting

On School Report News Day thousands of young reporters will receive their School Report press cards and will be encouraged to carry on reporting for their schools and the BBC throughout the Summer Term and into Games Time.

School Reporters will reflect the state of the UK leading up to the Games. This will include key sporting events and cultural projects such as: Music Nation and Festival 2012 and major national events like the Diamond Jubilee. 2012 is a unique year in the UK, with the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee offering schools a unique opportunity to report on historic events as they take place.

Reports from young people from every nation and region will be featured online during the Torch Relay giving a unique insight into how teenagers are preparing for the Games.

Many schools will be back in time for the Paralympics and School Report’s Games Time coverage will conclude with School Reporters featuring daily on BBC Radio 5 live.