Learn more about the new-look BBC News School Report website

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Image caption School Report is now in its sixth year

BBC News School Report is better than ever this year, and our new-look website will help showcase the special content made by young reporters in a historic year for the UK.

With 2012's News Day just a few weeks away, we're updating the look of the site and bringing it into line with the rest of the BBC News website.

And with a huge year of reporting ahead - courtesy of the Olympics, Paralympics, Cultural Olympiad, Torch Relay, Diamond Jubilee and all the other stories that School Reporters will be covering - it seemed like the perfect time to refresh the look of the website.

But don't worry if you were familiar with the old website: all the same information, activities, videos and stories are still available in the new one - it's just that many of them have had a bit of a facelift!

The new website means we can do more than ever before with bigger picture and video sizes, more dynamic live pages for News Day and a more up-to-date feel across the whole site.

The navigation of the site is now arranged horizontally across the top of the page, rather than vertically down it as was the case in the previous site.

And we've used the refresh as an opportunity to simplify the navigation of the website to:

  • Home page - this is where we showcase the latest stories, live pages, resources, galleries, videos and other content we've made with schools. It also includes our clickable map, simple guides to the project and links to the all-important paperwork!
  • Student reports - this is the place to find all the latest reports and stories that we make with schools, and is now arranged into different sections such as politics, entertainment and health rather than the previous regional and national layout.
  • Teacher resources - as before, this is where you can find our comprehensive package of lesson plans and pick and mix section full of activities, guides, video masterclasses and guizzes. We also have the teacher essentials section, full of practical tips to run the project. For more information, why not read our full guide to the resources?
  • About the project - you'll find the key information you need to get an understanding about the project and get to grips with the practical steps you need to take to get involved - so FAQs, registration forms, paperwork and so on is all to be found here!
  • Join School Report - this is a very quick, one-page place to quickly sign up your school if you're not already on our books!
  • And these will be joined by a special News Day 2012 index closer to 15 March.

It's a big job to move lots of content over from one system to the other, so not every single story or resource has been remade in the new system yet.

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Image caption This is how the website looked back in 2007

So don't be surprised if you still see some of the "old-look" pages - but over time we will update all our key resources and guides into the new format!

We'd love to hear what you think about the new website, so please do get in touch with any feedback you have about it. You can email us on schoolreport@bbc.co.uk or fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

We hope you enjoy using the new website - and good luck for News Day and the year of reporting ahead.

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