Teacher resources: Useful links

There are a wealth of websites available which will be hugely useful for pupils and teachers taking part in School Report.

Whether it's news websites to keep up to date with the latest stories, or advice on how to film an interview or great reference material, this list will hopefully help you along the way.

We have divided the websites into different categories:

•BBC News websites

•Other news websites

•Practical Tips

•Online Safety

•Other resources

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.


BBC News

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The BBC News website is the internet arm of the biggest newsgathering operation in the world, bringing together breaking news and in-depth analysis from its team of journalists and correspondents

The website's news feeds allow you to see the latest headlines and video in one place as soon as they are published, while the front page pulls in the top stories from around the UK and the world. You can also receive the latest headlines in an email and via various mobile phone apps.

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BBC Sport

The BBC Sport website is a similarly comprehensive offering, covering a wide range of sports - from football and cricket to fencing and wrestling - with video, audio and text coverage of live events and all the latest news. The FAQ section answers many queries.

BBC Nations and Regions

Indexes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland providing local BBC news, sport, entertainment and debate. You can search by your postcode to automatically find the most relevant content for your area.

BBC School Radio

Podcasts, downloads, audio, video clips and learning resources aimed primarily at primary schools.

BBC World Service

The world's leading international broadcaster, providing news programmes and content for radio, television, online and mobile phones in English and 31 other languages.

CBBC Newsround

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The website accompanies the BBC children's news programme - aimed at six to 12-year-olds - that looks at the issues and headlines affecting the lives of young people.

It includes a Teachers section of news-based lesson plans in three subject areas: English (specialising in media literacy), Citizenship and PSHE. Teachers may also find the Extra stuff section useful, which summarises topics from Afghanistan to the Welsh Assembly.

From Our Own Correspondent

Every week BBC correspondents from around the world report on the stories behind the headlines, often bringing a personal perspective to them. The website, which accompanies The Radio 4 and World Service programme, contains a Meet the Correspondents section, which gives an insight into reporting skills. You can also find scripts of some pieces from the programmes on the website.


The home of Radio 1 news, this website tackles all the big news stories in a way that is accessible to young people. It also includes profiles of the station's reporters and presenters.

On this Day

A showcase of some of the most significant stories broadcast by BBC News, since 1950. It includes a profile of numerous BBC Correspondents. Please note: this archive is no longer being updated.

BBC Cymru Ffeil

Ffeil (File) is a Welsh-language television news programme for children and young people, produced by BBC Cymru Wales for S4C

Rhaglen deledu newyddion yw Ffeil ar gyfer plant a phobl ifainc, wedi ei chynhyrchu gan BBC Cymru ar gyfer S4C.


Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera is an Arabic language news network, but it also has a sister English language service. Based in the Middle East but with offices all over the world, Al Jazeera often offers different perspectives - from the mainstream UK media - on important international stories.

Channel Four News

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Channel 4 News broadcasts a well-regarded nightly news programme, and their website provides a similarly in-depth experience.

There's plenty of analysis of the day's big stories from a variety of experts and correspondents, as well as features, blogs, video and audio content and links to other Channel 4 news programmes like Dispatches.


CNN is one of the biggest news organisations in the United States, and its website is one of the most popular online news sources in the world. Obviously it has a strong interest in American stories, but also has comprehensive coverage of international stories.

ITV News

ITV News website rounds up the main stories of the day with video and text reports, as well as weather reports and blogs from key on-screen talent.

Local and national newspapers

This A-Z page has a link to every local newspaper website in the UK, so you can easily find the most relevant paper or papers for your area.

The UK market contains a wide range of national newspapers, with broadsheets jostling for position with tabloids in newsstands. Of course news is increasingly consumed online, with The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent and The Times (subscription required) all offering strong websites full of stories and analysis, with video and audio material in addition to the usual text output.

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Newspapers for Schools

The Newspapers for Schools website offers two free services on behalf of the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA): paper copying and an online clippings service from over 140 UK national and regional titles. The services are designed to make the use of newspaper material as easy as possible in schools while being fully compliant with copyright law.

Sky News

Sky News is another major newsgathering operation in the UK, with a 24-hour rolling news channel and an impressive website full of the breaking news and in-depth analysis. Sky Sports also offers an in-depth website full of sport news and coverage.

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BBC College of Journalism

This site is a fantastic learning resource for journalists, whether novices or seasoned professionals. Originally produced for BBC journalists, it is now available to everyone as an external website.

It covers every aspect of journalism, from writing and technical skills to law and ethics and values, with plenty of videos, guides, tips and advice that teachers will find useful to pass on to their pupils.

In the skills section, teachers taking part in School Report may find these courses of particular interest: Headlines, Writing, Reporting, Presenting, Filming and Recording and Editing.

BBC College of Production

The website is another gem of a resource, packed full of insider tips on the technical side of putting together TV and radio shows and bulletins, and producing online material.

With behind-the-scenes insights from BBC producers, presenters, reporters and more, the website helps demystify some of the technical aspects of journalism.

BBC Editorial Guidelines

An outline of the standards the BBC expects of all BBC content on TV, radio and online. It is from these guidelines that the BBC News Values are drawn. For a more school-friendly explanation, why not check out the BBC Values page in our Teachers' Resources section?

BBC Film Network

The BBC's Film Network website provides a host of film-making tips explaining the entire process of film-making from script-writing to post-production. In addition, users are able to submit their own films. Teachers might find the guides, case studies, how-tos and behind the scenes resources useful.

BBC Video Nation

This site, which hosts films made by the public about their everyday lives, contains a wealth of filming tips. Please note that this website is no longer being updated.

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Channel Four Breaking The News

The Channel 4 news team worked with nine schools and colleges to make an online news bulletin. The accompanying website shows how students scripted, compiled and edited the bulletin at the end of eight weeks of preparation. The website also features a media studies course for 14 to 19- year-olds developed with Channel 4 News, ITN and the participating schools.


Headliners (formerly known as Children's Express) is a UK-wide news agency producing news, features and comment by young people, aged from eight to 19. Through a journalism programme, they research and write stories on issues that are important to them for publication in national and local newspapers, magazines, television and radio.


Radiowaves enables young people to create websites, blogs and podcasts to investigate, report or campaign on issues that matter to them.

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Image caption School Reporters on Radio 5live

Schools Radio

Advice for teachers, supervisors and students interested in making radio. The charity offers advice on ways of broadcasting including over the air, over the internet and as a downloadable podcast.

Teachers and station managers are encouraged to submit the best of their programming to the website, creating a forum for sharing views and experiences.

Sky News Student Site Virtual Newsroom

A useful resource for GCSE, A-level, and undergraduate Media students, this virtual Sky News Student Newsroom takes you on a tour of the various job descriptions involved in television news production. It explains the journey of a story through the newsroom, the sound and vision department and the studio and gallery before being broadcast.

The Guardian Education Centre

The Guardian newspaper offers journalism workshops in print journalism, tracing the journey of a newspaper from editorial meetings, to writing and researching articles. The newspaper's education centre also has a selection of resources for teachers to download and use in lessons.

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The British Film Institute

The British Film Institute promotes understanding and appreciation of Britain's film and television heritage and culture. The accompanying website includes a section of activities, educational resources and services relevant to teaching and learning about moving image media.

The Online Teleprompter

A handy tool which lets you create your own autocue prompter using your browser on your computer, it is convenient and free to use.


This website provides media production resources including video tutorials from lighting to writing, information on roles within the media industry, and the best places to study.


BBC Online Safety

This page links to sites which are kept up-to-date with useful information about using the internet in a safe way. Explanations and helpful hints to get the most out of the internet are provided for teachers, children, parents and people working in commercial organisations.


The government agency, Child Exploitation and Online Protection, has produced a website where young people can learn about internet safety, called Thinkuknow.

ChildNet International

ChildNet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. It organises Safer Internet Day in the UK, runs workshops in schools and has factsheets and resources for teachers, parents and young people on its website.

UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of ChildNet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation, and provides lots of information about how to keep safe online. They also provide a helpline for professionals who work with children online.


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Image caption School Reporters meet Ed Milliband

BBC Democracy Live

A one-stop shop for all things to do with democracy, Democracy Live brings together coverage from the UK's main political institutions and the European Parliament

The site allows you to find and follow your representatives, analyse historic moments and search for specific words spoken within the video from any of the institutions

In addition, Democracy in Action, a series of short films made for the BBC's Learning Zone, illustrates the democratic process in a way that is accessible for young people.

BBC Schools

The home of Bitesize revision, the BBC Schools site is a learning resource covering all areas of the curriculum. Teachers may also be interested in the educational games or the Class Clips - more than 4,000 video clips from BBC programmes to play in the classroom.

BBC Tours

Book on a tour or take a virtual trip around BBC buildings including BBC TV Centre - TV headquarters - and BBC Broadcasting House, for an insight into the world of radio. You can also find out about tours around BBC premises local to you.

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BBC World Class

BBC World Class helps UK schools to twin with schools around the globe.

The project works in partnership with the British Council and other organisations outside the BBC to facilitate school twinning and help the schools work together to get stories on air and online as well as learn about different cultures.


The initiative was established in 2000 by the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE) in conjunction with the Office for National Statistics to help students learn about data-handling by encouraging them to collect real data.

Pupils complete an online questionnaire which includes questions such as "What is the length of your right foot to the nearest tenth of a centimetre?" and "How long does it usually take to travel to school?" Students submitting their questionnaires are given access to the information collected by their own class plus the answers to 200 questionnaires selected at random.

Teachers can use online resources to help students analyse, interpret and compare the data. Schools in the UK can also compare data with students in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as a way of studying cultural differences.

Debate Mate

Debate Mate are an organisation who use university students to run after school debate clubs, with a focus on inner-city schools across the UK in areas of high child poverty, together with international links in Nepal, Israel and Palestine, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.


This is the official website for the UK government and contains lots of useful information about public services.

You may also want to find out government policy and news on the Number 10 website, which also contains links to all the other government departments and other useful politics-related websites.

Office for National Statistics

The ONS is responsible for collecting, compiling and analysing a range of economic, social and demographic statistics and should be checked out if you want reliable stats for your stories and reports.

Off By Heart Shakespeare

BBC Learning has invited schools across the UK to take part in Off By Heart Shakespeare, an exciting new performance contest for students aged 13-15.

On this website you can find teaching resources from the Royal Shakespeare Company and video clips to get your students up on their feet, performing speeches from the Bard's plays and enjoying the language.

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Image caption School Reporters interview Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Schools Questions and Answers

Schools Questions and Answers uses the format of BBC One's Question Time and BBC Radio 4's Any Questions? as a springboard for engaging young people in democratic society and helping them discuss issues that affect them, their communities and the wider world.

Schools Questions and Answers builds on the Schools Question Time project that ran from 2003 until 2011, in partnership with Question Time, and sees schools get involved in hosting debates and students learn about politics and parliament.

Speakers for Schools

An online network of voluntary speakers dedicated to giving back to schools through free, inspiring talks for students, Speakers for Schools aims to provide state schools with access to a network of speakers who are willing to give inspirational talks to young people for free. Speakers address a range of subjects: technological, scientific, political, economic, historical, cultural, artistic, ecological and ethical.

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Image caption School Reporters debate with Prime Minister David Cameron

UK Youth Parliament

UKYP is an independent, national charity which gives 11 to 18-year-olds a chance to voice their opinions within a structure that resembles that of Parliament. During UKYP elections, which take place each year, over 500 Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) and Deputy MYPs are elected to represent young people in their constituency.

Once elected they work with their MPs, councillors, school and youth councils and peer group members on the issues of greatest concern to their constituents.