BBC News School Report set for ninth annual News Day

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BBC News School Report is set for its ninth annual News Day on Thursday, with more than 1,000 schools and 30,000 pupils from around the UK taking part.

Students will work to a 14:00 GMT deadline, with the BBC publishing reports via its interactive map.

Pupils will also be on air and online on the BBC throughout the day, from the Today programme to BBC News at Six.

Interviews with the four UK national football managers and general election reports are among the highlights.

More than 400 pupils will visit New Broadcasting House to meet some of the teams that work in the BBC's central London headquarters and School Reporters will also be working throughout the day in the BBC's newsrooms in Salford, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast and also in local radio stations across England.

And away from the UK the project has also linked up with four overseas BBC bureaux - in Washington, Nairobi, Rio and Delhi - to bring an even broader range of young voices to the air.

What is BBC News School Report?

Set up in 2007, the project gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience

Schools make reports for their own website which the BBC links to from an interactive map

The BBC works in partnership with schools to bring young people's voices to its mainstream news output

The BBC works in partnership with schools to bring young people's voices to its mainstream news output

While reporting takes place all through the school year, the annual News Day in March provides a focus and a deadline for all schools taking part

While thousands of new reports will be created during the day, students have already been busy.

With the implications of Chancellor George Osborne's budget high on the news agenda, School Reporters have spoken to personal finance guru Martin Lewis about the facts and figures surrounding student loans.

The role of social media in the forthcoming General Election has also been discussed with Facebook's politics and government specialist Elizabeth Linder, and also the head of BBC visual journalism Amanda Farnsworth.

Health and social issues of particular significance to young people, such as the plight of young carers,self-harming and understanding autism are all under discussion, as well as more light-hearted topics such as one Taylor Swift fan's unexpected social media reply from her idol and the end of popular school-based BBC drama Waterloo Road.

From dog breeding to Dolly Parton, and beekeeping to the relevance of Shakespeare in the modern world, the topics covered by BBC School Report are as diverse and surprising as the schools and students taking part.

And pupils still in need of inspiration can look to the example of BBC apprentice Lauren Page, who has gone on to pursue a career in journalism after being a School Reporter five years ago.

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