November Practice News Day

Key points

  • The first BBC News School Report Practice News Day of the 2012-13 academic year took place on 16 November
  • This is the story of the reporting going on in classrooms all over the UK

Live text


  • Phil Harlow 
  • Laura Macdonald 

Last updated 19 November 2012


Good morning and welcome to the very first School Report Practice News Day of the 2012-13 academic year.

We're all excited and raring to go at School Report HQ, and can't wait to find out what the schools taking part today are up to. It's a great opportunity for pupils to hone their reporting skills so they're on top form by the time the big News Day comes round on 21 March.

And we're also going to take the opportunity to flag up some of the great reporting that has already been taking place by School Reporters already this year, so hold on to your hats!


Mo Farah with pupils The Feltham Community College pupils welcome Mo Farah back to the classroom

2012 has been a year to remember for Mo Farah, with two fantastic Olympic gold medals under his belt and two twin daughters too! His distinctive 'Mobot' celebration became one of the iconic images of the Games - and three lucky School Reporters got to perform their version of it with the man himself!

Farah made a visit to his old school - Feltham Community College - and Kirran, Ben and Saed got the chance to interview the British athletics hero in one of the first reports of the 2012-13 academic year.


Pupils from Clifton Community Arts School from Rotherham have arrived at the BBC at Media City in Salford. Their 10 children are aged between 11 and 14 - plus two teachers - and they are expecting an exciting and busy day!

Good luck with all the reporting guys!


It's not only School Report Practice News Day today, of course. There's also the little matter of Children in Need, the BBC's annual charity fundraising event!

Are you working on a story about Children in Need today? If so, don't forget to check out their website for lots of useful information about what's happening in your local area and how the appeal got started.

And School Report has also produced a resource to help you with your reporting about Children in Need, full of top tips to make the most of an exciting day.


Riddlesdown Collegiate in Croydon have already had roving reporters out and about gathering news. Their most recent report is an interview with 14-year-old Modupe who is a member of the UK Youth Parliament. They asked her about her role and how she is feeling about going to an event at the House of Commons as part of Parliament Week activities next week.

To find out more check out their Q&A on their school website.


Just to flag up some of the fantastic reporting that School Reporters have already got under their belts this year...

Pupils from Villiers High School and Burlington Danes Academy in London teamed up when they attended a special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Teach First, a scheme which tries to attract high-flying graduates into teaching.

They found out more about the organisation and spoke to some of the key figures involved, and also looked into the controversial topic of the new English Baccalaureate, asking teachers whether they could spell "baccalaureate"!


Students at The Compton School in London are eager to get reporting. But before they could get started, students who wanted to occupy the big editorial jobs had to do an interview!

The reporting team at The Compton School The reporting team at The Compton School are raring to go!

Miss Peel interviewed Year 10 and 11 pupils for roles such as editor, broadcast editor, picture editor and features editor. The students took this formal process very seriously and have embraced their new roles and started work on some fantastic ideas for news stories including:

• An investigation into the building of a large incinerator locally, linking up with the geography department

• UK Youth Parliament - reporting on fellow student's role as Barnet leader and what it means for them

• The plans for new GCSEs, theatre reviews and a visit to local university where they teach BA Journalism so hope to get some top tips!

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!


An eventful day has started for Clifton Community Arts School with a news and ideas workshop led by BBC School Report producer Hannah Johns at The Lab in the BBC Children's building in Salford.


As well as the reporting that's actually going on today, we also want to tell everyone about some of the reporting that's already under way and ongoing.

Pupils from Haydock High and their teacher Miss Vernon are starting to get busy for School Report and thinking about News Day 2013.

Two groups of students had a School Report masterclass from the BBC last week. The Year 8 group learned all about news and where to find it while the Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils, who are working on a Hate Crime project in association with Merseyside Police, got some handy interview tips and some advice on how to deal with the tricky subject.


School Reporters from Wallace Hall Academy in Dumfries have already been busy covering interesting stories right under their noses. They are working on a report about a fellow pupil who recently attended a British Swimming Camp in France with a view to him participating in Team GB for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which will take place in Glasgow.

Don't forget that great news and story ideas happen every day right on your doorstep, in your school and local community - and you could get the exclusive! So don't talk to your teachers and other students and friends to find out whether they've got some stories you can report on…

Watch Huw Edwards explain how journalists find stories and get some top tips from him- then get reporting!