Richard Lander School Reporters tell the Prime Minister about how they were reporting on their school's World War One battlefields trip

More WW1 reporting tips

The centenary of the beginning of World War One in 2014 sees the start of many commemorative events over the next four years, culminating in the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in 2018.

The BBC has launched its World War One Centenary season with a range of programmes and projects spanning 2014 to 2018.

The Government plans to commemorate the centenary have a special emphasis on schools, young people and communities.

Secondary schools in England, and Scotland are being offered additional opportunities to take students on visits to battlefields on the Western Front between 2014 and 2018, and in Wales educational projects can apply for special funding.


But how does all this relate to news reporting and journalism? That's where BBC News School Report comes in…


Arras Road British Cemetery. Roclincourt, near Vimy in France

Among the resources being provided for students is this set of pictures of the battlefields taken by professional photographer Matthew Marschner. These are available to School Reporters to include in their reports - each image used must contain a credit to M. Marschner.

Students are being encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of the significance of WW1, exploring personal connections through interacting with the battlefield sites, participating in remembrance ceremonies and recording, reflecting and sharing their own experiences.

So if your school is visiting the battlefields, what better way to do this than by producing a report about the trip so it can be shared with the wider school and their local communities?

To help support students reporting on centenary activities, BBC News School Report has produced some WW1 reporting resources; including this template 'Assignment Sheet' students can use to gather information when on location.

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Reports could be unique to your school or local area, specifically about a location you are visiting on your battlefields trip, based on a WW1 poem or wider theme contemporary theme like conflict - it is up to the School Reporters!

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