About the School Report resources

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School Report has produced a variety of resources designed to help teachers bring the project to life in the classroom.

From activities and guides to masterclass videos and quizzes, the resources aim to demonstrate the key ideas and values behind the news as well as helping to develop some of the most important skills.

We have divided the resources into a pick and mix area and five updated lesson plans, giving teachers more choices about how to run the project in their classroom.

Read on for an overview of how the resources are structured and organised.


The pick and mix resources are designed to allow teachers to create bespoke lessons for their students, from a wide range of videos, games, activities, guides and quizzes all available for use in the classroom.

You can select the mix of resources that best fit the age and abilities of your class or group, as well as the time and facilities you have available for the project.

To make life easier for teachers, we've simplified the news-making process into four stages: finding news; gathering news; writing news; and broadcasting news.

And the masterclass section brings together top tips and behind-the-scenes insight from BBC journalists, with videos accompanied by PDFs of the key points as well as transcripts.

Our new video masterclasses are available to download for use in the classroom. Click here to download the video files.

This will help you to use the material in the classroom, even if you have an unreliable or slow internet connection. By downloading the video before your lesson, you will be able to save it onto a computer, memory stick or other storage device for easy use.

School Report is an inclusive project that aims to work with all schools, so we will make every effort to ensure the resources are available in accessible formats wherever possible.

Teachers have the option of allowing pupils to follow the resources directly, with notes for teachers appearing in boxes on the right-hand side of the pages when necessary.


For teachers who prefer a more structured approach, our five structured lesson plans follow the same themes as the 'pick and mix' resources, with a final lesson to help you prepare for News Day.

The lessons are designed to last for approximately one hour, but can be condensed or lengthened depending on the time available to you, with many of the timings allowing for extra discussion time at the end of the activity.

We even have the lesson plans - adapted by Hanna White, a former BBC journalist who is now a newly-qualified teacher - available as PowerPoint presentations.

Previous lesson plans are also available for any teachers who prefer to stick with what they know.


The Teacher Essentials area is aimed specifically at teachers and provides material and resources to help get to grips with the most important concepts and practical skills, as well as advice on running the project and a planning diary.

With guides to areas like covering a press conference and filming interviews, this is the place to find out in-depth information on particular aspects of journalism.

Throughout the resources, the BBC editorial values, at the heart of the BBC's commitment to rigorous and balanced journalism, are explained and demonstrated.

And why not set up your own editorial values for your School Report journalism? These are the golden rules that everyone in the team will sign up to.

The resources will also provide advice on issues such as safeguarding children online and media law, like copyright, defamation and contempt of court.


There are also several new multiple choice quizzes - such as the one below on finding news - in the lesson plans and pick and mix resources, so students can easily test and recap their learning.

Again, PDF versions of the quizzes are available to print out, and online versions are also available as individual web pages to make it easier to distribute in the classroom.

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