LiveSchool Report News Day 2016 as it happened

Summary

  1. This is School Report's 10th annual News Day
  2. School Reporters had to finish their stories by a 14:00 GMT deadline - and get them online by 16:00
  3. Around 30,000 School Reporters at more than 1,000 schools around the UK are taking part today
  4. A total of just over 100 schools took part in the first News Day in 2007

Live Reporting

By Marie Jackson, Mario Cacciottolo, Emma Atkinson, Katherine Sellgren, Claire Heald and 30,000 School Reporters

School Report News Day 2016 draws to a close

Well, that's it. Thanks for reading - and even bigger thanks to the some 30,000 School Reporters and teachers in over 1,000 schools who took part in this 10th anniversary year of BBC School Report. 

It's been the best yet, with some truly amazing journalism. Thank you for making our 10th birthday such a special day!

Sandbach students 'inspired' by interviews

Sandbach High School students from Cheshire visited Wembley Arena for their School Report project.  

They listened to a speech by Sohana, who suffers from a rare skin condition making her very sensitive to any contact. The reporters said they were really inspired after listening to her about the importance of family and staying strong.

They also tackled the topic of whether the UK is gender equal. 

Plymouth weather makes the news

School Reporters from Sir John Hunt Community Sports College in Plymouth covered several stories today, such as the asteroid that recently passed by Earth.

They also looked at the extreme weather the city has experienced, which damaged the big screen in Plymouth’s city centre.

Other stories covered were on a young student who has been given a scholarship by Arsenal and the progress of Plymouth's new skate park.

School Reporters learn the ropes from the professionals

It has been an epic day of reporting and pupils from schools around the country have been visiting BBC newsrooms across the UK, meeting presenters, journalists and producers who work there.

Take a look at how they got on as they learned from the professionals how to make and report the news.

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Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood passed on advice to students Elizabeth and Marta

School report shout outs!

It's been a busy day for the many schools in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. Here's what some have been up to:

At the Corbet School Technology College in Shropshire pupils talked about CRY (cardiac risk in the young) and interviewed members of staff about the subject of the playground game tag being banned.

The captain of Worcester City Football Club, Danny Jackman, was interviewed by school reporters at Christopher Whitehead Language College who asked him about the difficulties of relocating the football stadium back into the city.

School Reporters at Warwick School worked hard filming a whole news programme with stories on the doctor’s strike, floods in the local area and the school’s play Gargantua.

Sir Graham Balfour High School reported on a large local fire, the death of Sir George Martin and the appointment of a new deputy head.

School reporters at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy had an exciting day working on a diverse range of stories from politics to social media.

Twelve students reporters from Myton School “had a great time” working on stories including random acts of kindness and women in the workplace.

School Reporters at Charles Darwin School in Bromley reported on a range of issues from the EU referendum to the junior doctors' strike and from a new project at their school giving pupils access to brand new instrument to a new cinema opening in Orpington.

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Behind the scenes at BBC Birmingham News Day

As roving reporters get ready for School Report's pop-up radio in Birmingham, Niall,12, from Cardinal Newman School in Coventry was reporting about what was going on in the BBC Birmingham Radio Studios. 

Zika virus reported on by Harrow students

Rooks Heath College in Harrow saw 200 students - the whole of Year 8 - produce reports on Sport Relief, top tips for staying safe online, a review of the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night and the effects of the Zika virus.

Is sport just for boys?

School Reporters at St Alban’s Girls School have written a piece entitled “Is sport just for boys?” 

They interviewed teachers, who have all competed at high levels in sport, as well as students who compete for the UK.

Their report said that while many people still have old-fashioned opinions regarding girls in sport, a culture of innovation is helping to get rid of negative stereotypes.

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Has Tim 'peaked' interest in science?

School Reporters from Edinburgh Academy visited the Glasgow Science Centre, to investigate whether astronaut Tim Peake's space mission has led to more people taking an interest in science.

They found out what questions the public asks about space and discovered what the centre is doing to mark Tim Peake's achievements.

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Lancashire students cover MP story

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Bedford High School based in Leigh, Lancashire, had students working on three different stories today. 

One was the tale of a Year 11 student who had the opportunity to shadow Labour MP Andy Burnham. 

Another story was about regenerating a local mill which was last used in the 1970s and another was about a careers fair held last week.

Wrexham pupils report on all creatures great and small

The pupils at St Christopher's School, a special school in Wrexham, created reports about their small animal care centre - something they are very proud of.

They also covered a range of other stories about video games, Fairtrade fortnight and interpreting British Sign Language.

Shout outs to top teams of reporters

Shout out to the pupils at Great Yarmouth High School who produced a report about black music icons throughout history and their impact on society as well as stories about every day sexism.

Meanwhile, school reporters from Malet Lambert School in Hull, St Lawrence Academy in Scunthorpe and Sirius Academy North in Hull prepared questions for their interview with BBC director of radio Helen Boaden.

Wakefield School Reporters interview deaf pupils

Pupils from Castleford Academy in Wakefield have reported on stories like the school's Year 7 music competition and conducted an interview with deaf students, to find out how they get on with school life. 

Surbiton students interview holocaust survivor

Girls from Tolworth Girls School in Surrey got the chance to interview Rudi Oppenheimer, a holocaust survivor, for their school report.

The pupils said they felt "really lucky and privileged" to be able to meet him and carry out the exclusive interview.  

Read the full report here

Students report on work experience

Pupils from Lenzie Academy in East Dunbartonshire have been hard at work on their School Report stories.

These range from the importance of work experience, the affects of cancer and how teenagers view the threat of so-called Islamic State.

Sugar not so sweet? Pupils investigate

More than 40 students from Arnold Hill Academy in Nottinghamshire have been working on a wide range of stories today.

These include video reports on whether social media is taking over children’s lives, and another on the dangers of sugar.

They are also reporting on a local family who have taken in Syrian refugees.

Pupils ask about new school building

Fourteen students have been reporting for Drayton Manor High School in London.    

Their stories include an interview with the head of building for the school's new school building, which will house the history and geography departments. As well as interviews with a fellow student who’s in the junior football development squad for Arsenal and another who plays waterpolo.  

Students report on Shakespeare performance

There have been 38 pupils from Appleton Academy in Bradford reporting on a number of local stories. 

These include how the Royal Shakespeare Company is helping to produce a student performance with less able students.

Also, they are looking at cancer research and a campaign at the school for teachers to shave their head to raise money for charity.

Anti-bullying ambassadors and how students can make a difference in the fight against bullying are also on the news agenda.

Shout out to Whitley Academy

Miss Nguyen from WhitleyAcademy has headed up her School Reporters on their ninth News Day, as explained in this BBC blog

This year's reporters wish BBC News School Report a happy10th birthday.

Truro tackles heroin story

Truro High School for Girls has reported on a storm that ripped fences from their school and caused havoc earlier in the week and a local art exhibition that opens near them tonight. They also covered drug use in their county.

Reporters take part in pop-up radio station

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School Reporters from the West Midlands took to the airwaves on a pop-up radio station at BBC Birmingham.

Pupils from Perry Beeches V, Pedmore Technology College, Aston Manor Academy and Aldridge School helped broadcast around the UK for two hours.

There were also opportunities to take part in a series of workshops, including learning about how to present the weather and online journalism.

Pupils hoverboard into news reports

Sir Harry Smith Community College in Cambridgshire had its reporters prepare stories on a range of topics today, from stormy weather and baby seals, to the Oscars and hoverboards. 

Finns join in

As the BBC marked the 10th anniversary of School Report, its success could be judged by a similar project in Finland.

Inspired by the original initiative, national Finnish broadcaster Yle set up its own media education project three years ago.

Students create news content based on themes that are current, relevant and interesting to young people.

Hanna Visala, a producer on Yle News Class, said: “We started with a pilot project of seven schools – we now have 300 schools, with 9,000 students aged 12 to 16 involved.

“We will have our third news day on 26 April, and couldn’t have imagined how big it would become."

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The Finnish version of School report on national broadcaster Yle
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Finnish students producing news for Yle

School reporters analyse the migrant crisis

Shout out to Mascalls Academy in Kent. They've been reporting on the migrant crisis and issues surrounding immigration. After a lot of hard work and overcoming a last minute technical glitch, they managed to get their bulletin out on deadline. Well done everyone!

 Watch their news report here

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Just a minute!

How much news can you squeeze into 60 seconds? That’s what students from Erith School in Bexley have been finding out with a visit to the BBC Minute studio in London. 

On the students’ news agenda was rhino poaching, grumpiness and a cat in a washing-machine. 

“We think the BBC is one of the most desirable places to work – it looks fun!” summed up student Charley.

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Students from Erith School in Bexley squeeze the news into just a minute.

Horizon reporters scoop football manager interview

Horizon Community College

Horizon Community College, in Barnsley, managed to bag an interview with Barnsley caretaker manager, Paul Heckingbottom. Nice scoop!

Cornish students report on pasties

Students from Richard Lander School in Cornwall have interviewed their local MP about the EU referendum. They wanted to research if a "yes" vote would limit cultural horizons for Cornish students. 

They have also interviewed local doctors about the strike by some junior doctors, spoken to a girl who has shaved her head to make a wig for a leukaemia sufferer, and interviewed the winner of Cornwall’s young author of the year. 

They also reported from the world pasty competition.

Students take charge in Moscow

Something very special happens twice a year at School 1317 in Moscow - the students take charge.

Watch here as school reporters Alexey and Natalia explain how their teachers step aside and allow the students to govern the school, helping them to plan and organize lessons and understand the responsibilities that come with being a teacher.

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