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School Report is back for another action-packed year of making the news with young people around the UK.

With a truly historic summer of huge events fresh in the memory, 2012 was a momentous year - and now it's time to look to the future with students turning themselves into reporters.

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School Report has definitely been the catalyst for something greater that will enrich the lives of the kids at our school”

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Now in its seventh year, School Report has worked with thousands of pupils and schools to tell the stories that matter to young people. And we want to do it all over again in 2012-13!

If this is the first time you've been involved in the project, why not check out our guide to Starting out with School Report, which has step-by-step instructions for all the steps teachers need to take to make things run smoothly, while one teacher who took part for the first time has also written about the lessons she learned.

And if you'd like to know more about the project and what your students and your school can get out of it, then our What is School Report? page is the place to start - closely followed by our FAQs!

School Reporters from across the UK made a real impact during 2012, reporting on all aspects of a truly historic year - from the build-up to the Olympics to the Diamond Jubilee; the torch relay to the Paralympic Games.

But 2012-13 can be every bit as exciting and provide lots of different stories and topics to report on - including, of course, the much-heralded "legacy" of London 2012.

Relive some of the best moments of School Report 2012

The School Report team are happy to offer advice to teachers interested in the project, and there are various ways in which to get in touch. Visit the Contact Us page to find out how to do so.

Getting started with School Report involves returning two pieces of paperwork. These forms need to be completed before your students can get reporting, so try to get it out of the way as soon as possible.

Teacher support is vital to the success of School Report, and your input will help shape the experience of your budding reporters.

And for everything you need to get started with the project, you can visit our Teachers Resources pages.

Teacher resources - assessed by teachers!

Here you will find ideas for which events your students might wish to cover, as well as various lesson plans and pick and mix resources to set your students on the way to becoming news reporters.

One of the most important days in the School Report calendar is our annual News Day, which will be on 21 March 2013. All of the hard work you and your students put in will lead up to this day - an exciting opportunity for the young reporters to showcase their newsgathering and reporting skills.

Last year's News Day was a great success, and you can watch the action unfold here to take a look at the sorts of things you can expect to encounter.

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