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Summary

  1. School Report's 10th News Day takes place on Thursday 10 March
  2. Schools around the UK practised their skills on the third practice day of 2015/16

Live Reporting

By Ian Westbrook, Chris Lansdown and Alice Rizzo

All times stated are UK

  1. Practice News Day live officially over!

    Well, that’s it for our third Practice News Day live page. Thank you for all your hard work and for telling us about what you’ve been up to.

    We’ll be holding one more practice day – on Tuesday 9 February – when you can hone your journalistic skills even more ahead of the big News Day itself on 10 March.

    Meanwhile, keep coming up with those ideas and keep across our Student Reports index to see what other schools have been doing and our Teachers Resources index for loads of tips and advice on how to make this 10th anniversary School Report the best ever!

  2. Bowing out in style

    It's almost time to pack up for the day but before we do School Reporters from Chigwell School at Bett 2016 education and technology show want to see us out in style.

    Chigwell School
  3. Students love School Report!

    We have seen over the years how much taking part in School Report has meant to the students.

    And this note left for one of our teachers taking part this year just sums up those feelings!

  4. Satisfied reporters

    Some feedback from School Reporters at Nailsea School.

    Emma and Louis said “we wanted to find out the truth about the rumours of our school's proposed uniform changes”

    Emily and Laura “really enjoyed interviewing people”. They found out that working to a deadline is a challenging but helpful experience.

    Luke said: “I feel this is an important issue” and Ben said: “I learnt a lot about the issue through my research.” 

    Sydney appreciated how the whole team supported each other by sharing their knowledge.

  5. Looking into faith schools

    School Reporters from Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School are looking into reports that faith schools are the most widely segregated in the country.

    Hamza discusses how the school promotes integration and how they contribute to society at large. 

    He has experience of education in other faith schools such as Church Of England as well as Islamic schools and says there are many positives to faith-based schools. 

    Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School
  6. Playing the game

    Around a third of people in the UK are thought to be into gaming, an industry that is worth around £4bn to the country. 

    School Reporters from North Birmingham Academy investigated the phenomenon at videos games festival Multiplay Insomnia, where they interviewed professional gamer The Diamond Minecart. 

    Avatars of School Reporters
  7. Haven't we changed?

    It's hard to believe School Report is 10 years old this year. Some of the teachers might remember it well, but none of the students taking part today will! So, take a look at how it all started here.

    Read about the news those School Report pioneers unearthed but, unfortunately, you won't be able to watch or listen to any of the media clips as things really have moved on technically!    

    News Day 2007 index
  8. School Report veterans

    Year 7 students at Lilian Baylis Technology School were buzzing with ideas when they met for the first time – they’ve got lots of reporting ideas around the themes of British values and children’s rights.

    But their first assignment is to track down some former School Reporters as their school has taken part in School Report every year and so they might have some follow-up stories to pursue!

    Lilian Bayliss School pupils
  9. What would you call the new planet?

    School Reporters from Nailsea School in Bristol divided into four teams to investigate interesting subjects. 

    Emma and Louis looked at proposed changes to the school uniform, Sydney investigated students' views of gaming, Emily and Laura reported on the discovery of a new planet and found out what students and teachers think would make a good name for it, while Luke and Ben investigated climate change and global warming.

    Nailsea School's School Reporters
  10. Thinking outside the box

    School Reporters at Sutton Community Academy in Nottinghamshire have used their initiative and commandeered this furry duster as a makeshift microphone.

    The teacher's message is "Don't fluster with the duster"!

    Some of their story ideas include Army careers, hoverboard safety and whether they should call teachers by their first names.

    Sutton Community Academy School Reporters
  11. Getting theatrical

    The reporting team from Longcroft School in Beverley are busy planning a report about the new theatre that has just opened.

    They are planning to interview an ex-pupil of their school who is the producer at the theatre and are also working on some other potential interviews with former students about their careers.

  12. Learning how to spot the story

    Joshua Gardner from BBC Radio Leeds visited Brigshaw High School and Language College in the city this week. 

    He showed the School Reporters how to find news in a press release from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service about the hoverboard fire in Bradford and also worked on some interviewing techniques.

    For more tips on interviewing, you can watch our masterclass.

    Brigshaw High School and Language College
  13. Using YouTube

    Many news organisations now use YouTube to reach an even wider audience. Visit this page for help and hear BBC YouTube editor Marko Zoric explain how the corporation uses the video-sharing website.

    BBC YouTube editor Marko Zoric
  14. 'Unboxing' - it's a wrap!

    The reporting team at Eden Girls' School Waltham Forest has been hard at work exploring different stories.

    Among the topics they are looking at is “unboxing”. For more background, check out this report from Newsround. 

  15. Looking the part!

    There are some very happy students at Highshore School in south London as their School Report lanyards and press passes arrived just in time for their first meeting on Tuesday!

    Everyone at the school is really excited to be involved and plans are under way to report on their Business Links Day in February – happy reporting Team Highshore!

    And don’t forget we can’t send you the School Report goodies until we’ve received your participation forms – there’s still time to get them back to us, all the details are on the website. false

    BBC lanyards
  16. Is uni always the best option?

    School Reporters at Eden Girls' School Waltham Forest were interested to find out that not every ambitious student chooses to go to university.   

    This story about publisher Penguin’s decision to drop a requirement for job applicants to have a degree gave them food for thought.   

  17. School planning 'No Sugar Week'

    School Reporters from Greenacre School for Girls in Surrey are looking into sugar and its effects on young people. 

    They will be interviewing the school community about their opinions on sugar tax, and their consumption of the sweet, sticky stuff.

    Over the last week, they kept their own diaries to analyse how much sugar they ate. 

    School Reporters are also organising a “No Sugar Week” where 15 girls will attempt to give it up entirely for a week and will also provide recipes which are made of sugar-free alternatives.

    They sound like a healthy bunch! 

    Greenacre School for Girls School Reporters
  18. In the picture

    A picture tells 1,000 words, as someone once said. Using lots of them can tell a story in a very engaging way, as students from Grosvenor Grammar School in Belfast demonstrate here.   

    School Report at the red carpet for SPOTY
  19. Super soup!

    William Bradford Academy in Leicester had their first School Report session this week with teacher Ms Patel and Pamela and Tyler from the BBC. 

    They've come up with some great ideas including Nessie the school cook, whose soups are so legendary that she's publishing a book of her recipes for charity! 

    They're also looking at the pros and cons of the school rewards system, where pupils get Amazon vouchers for good work and the feelgood factor of being a young Leicester City fan at the moment.

    William Bradford Academy School Reporters
    William Bradford Academy School Reporters
  20. Mentor visit cheers school

    Delighted that The Laurels School in London enjoyed their BBC mentor visit from Eleanor this week.