World's Biggest School Assembly

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On Tuesday 8 May BBC World Class, in collaboration with the BBC World Service global conversation programme World Have Your Say, will be holding the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC. We want your school to be involved.

More than one billion children attend school - we want to hear from them.

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Over twenty-four hours, we will provide a platform for schools across the globe to debate and discuss, share concerns and ideas about what really matters to them. And we want your school to be part of it.

BBC World Service will be live in schools all over the world with special news bulletins on air throughout the day.

Your school can interact live on the BBC website, find out what is important in other schools, and share what your pupils are doing.

How to get involved

Give your school a voice

Make sure you tell us what matters to your school on 8 May by emailing us, getting in touch via Twitter, or posting a message on our Facebook page.

All you have to do is download the assembly resource pack and hold an assembly on 8 May around the theme of 'What matters to us'. Make sure you tell us what matters to your school on 8 May by emailing us, getting in touch via Twitter, or posting a message on our Facebook page.

The aim of the World's Biggest School Assembly is to get young people from around the world, discussing, debating and sharing their views on what matters to them, all on the same day.

Hot Topics: What matters to us?

  • How will I find a job when I leave school?
  • What it's like growing up in a war zone?
  • Should boys and girls be educated separately?
  • Can we ever eradicate head lice?
  • What's the solution for Syria?
  • 'Social' or 'anti-social' networking?

Any school, from anywhere in the world - no matter how big or small - can take part.

You can involve as many pupils as you like - it could be a class, a year group or the whole school.

It's up to you how big you want to go. You could hold a debate within your regular school assembly, in a tutorial group, or your school could go global and debate with your partner school on the other side of the world!

And don't worry if you don't have a partner school - tap into the live webstream on the BBC website and respond to another school's live feed.

Listen to special programmes from schools all around the world and bulletins on BBC World Service radio throughout the day. Your school's assembly message might even be featured in the bulletin!

How to get started

1. Get the World's Biggest School Assembly on the BBC kit

2. Decide how big you want your assembly to be. Will it involve a tutor group, a year group or the whole school?

3. What time of day will you hold your assembly? It can be anytime within your regular school day on 8 May

4. How long will your assembly last? 20 minutes should be the right amount of time for your pupils to debate their topic and feed back into the live webstream

5. You can keep your assembly really simple - with just a teacher and a few pupils talking about a topic that matters to them

6. Or you can go big and hi tech - using Skype, conference calls, text messages, email, Facebook and Twitter to interact with other schools as they hold their assemblies around the globe. Listen to the special programmes and respond to another school through the World's Biggest School Assembly website

7. Whatever you're planning - however big or small - don't forget to tell us how your assembly is going on the day itself

8. And in the weeks leading up to 8 May, email to tell us what you are planning so we can share your plans with other schools ahead of the big day.

9. We are looking for a number of 'star' schools on the day. If you are interested in being one of these then please email explaining what your school is planning and why you'd like to be in the spotlight

10. Watch this space for more information as 8 May approaches.

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