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Computing and coding plays a big part in broadcasting, and School Report provides an authentic learning experience where pupils can use their computing skills, some of which already fall naturally into the creation of news stories.

As Tiffany Hall, the BBC's Technology Controller, Ops, Finance & FM says: "Information technology is incredibly important in how every business is run, including broadcasting, but now it's also right at the heart of how the BBC makes its content, because even a professional video camera is now just a computer with a lens, and all editing and special effects are IT-driven."

The aim of these pages is to give teachers ideas for how the computer science curriculum can be incorporated into School Report.

From creating the news on a mobile to trying our challenges, the ideas will give a relevant context to allow students to be digitally creative as well as reporting stories where computing and coding is the news.

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Tiffany Hall

"Information technology is incredibly important in how every business is run, including broadcasting, but now it's also right at the heart of how the BBC makes its content.”

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Curriculum changes

The new computing programme of study, announced in 2013 by then Education Secretary Michael Gove, was introduced into schools in England at the start of the 2014/15 school year in September.

There are three main strands to the new curriculum, covering computer science, information technology and digital literacy, but it will place a greater emphasis on coding and programming than in the past.

However, computer science and technology are still tools for learning in all subjects and can be encompassed across the curriculum and integrated in a variety of ways across a variety of subjects, which is how technology is delivered within the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.

In addition to young people at school, everyone, whatever their age, is being encouraged to try a bit of coding at school, coding clubs or just for fun. There are many organisations involved in this. Many teachers are already involved with Computing at School and if you want to find out about other organisations working in this area you can do so here.

There are six key areas where the new curriculum works with School Report, all or some of which can be used by teachers to teach technology and computing.

  • Creative projects combining multiple applications
  • Using digital artefacts for a given audience
  • Safe and responsible use of technology
  • Computational thinking
  • Modelling and programming
  • Workings of computers and networks

As participants in School Report, your students will be already covering the first three of these topics.


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A report that takes data from different sources, which has been analysed to get the story. Graphics have been created to illustrate the results. This has been combined with photographs and text to create a compelling report.

Putting together a story, or news package, for School Report News Day will often involve using multiple applications, whether it be editing a piece of video or audio, or writing a report for the web and adding photographs and graphics. Gathering content in advance of News Day will students to spend more time covering the technical aspects, as well as understanding the journalism.

A digital artefact is any type of item produced and stored as a digital or electronic version, such as digital documents, programmes, video and audio files, images and photos. However you deliver your School Report news stories, students are already doing this by creating, re-using, revising and re-purposing content.


Encourage students to make the most of the different assets they have to create compelling reports and check out the many resources on the School Report website to help you, whether it is taking a great photo or recording the best video.

Using technology safely and responsibly is an important aspect of the computer curriculum. Keeping your news safe and legal, is our guide for students and teachers to help School Reporters keep themselves secure. Also, remember - just because something is online does not mean it is definitely true and reliable. As journalists, it is vital to check your facts.


When they do come across inappropriate content, contact and conduct, they need to know how to deal with it report any concerns they have.

Use our resources to help pupils discuss and think through some of the issues around internet safety.

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