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They say that practice makes perfect - and School Reporters all over the UK got their chance to practise their reporting skills as part of the the first Practice News Day of the 2012-13 academic year.

From reporting on cyberbullying and local planning stories to covering the journey of 12 rubber ducks and recreating Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's stunning goal against England, the range of stories was as impressive as ever.

Schools that took part

  • Clifton Community Arts School, Rotherham
  • Riddlesdown Collegiate, Croydon
  • The Compton School, London
  • Haydock High, St Helens
  • Wallace Hall Academy, Dumfries
  • Horbury Academy, Wakefield
  • Thomas Gainsborough School, Suffolk
  • Brentside High School in London
  • Marden High School, North Shields
  • Buile Hill High School, Salford
  • Southend High School for Girls, Essex
  • St Edmunds Catholic School, Dover
  • Notting Hill Prep School, London
  • Cullybackey High, Ballymena
  • Alperton Community School, Wembley
  • Tadcaster Grammar School, North Yorkshire
  • The Heathland School, Hounslow
  • St Philip Howard High School, West Sussex
  • Ruislip High School, Middlesex
  • Whitley Academy, Coventry
  • Castle School, Pembrokeshire
  • Ounsdale High School, Wolverhampton
  • Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow
  • Waingels College, Reading

But with Practice News Day falling on 16 November, many reporting teams chose to focus on the fundraising events for Children in Need being held in their schools and local areas.

School Reporters from Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury reported on their schoolmates dressing up to raise money, while pupils at Tadcaster Grammar School in North Yorkshire explained what its like to become a media story themselves after a fundraising video made by a teacher went viral.

And the School Report team at BBC Television Centre even got caught up in the excitement of the day, running a cake sale to raise money for the charity!

Meanwhile, back in the serious world of reporting, School Reporters from Clifton Community Arts School in Rotherham got the chance to visit the BBC's MediaCityUK in Salford, chatting to BBC Breakfast presenter Mike Bushell and touring BBC Radio 5 live studios.

Some of the most in-depth reporting came courtesy of Kajan, Shahir and Paresh from Alperton Community School in London, who conducted an investigation into the effects of video-games on young people.

They surveyed their classmates and found that Xbox owners spend a combined 170 hours a week playing on their consoles, while Kajan also phoned retailers to ask them about selling adult-rated games to his underage classmates.

Kajan admitted to finding meeting his deadline tough, but also admitted: "I do love getting to be a journalist!"

There are simply too many great stories to list all of them here, so why not take a few minutes to read the live account of the day to get a real idea of all the reporting that went on.

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