BBC School Report: 30,000 take part in 10th News Day

Around 30,000 students from more than 1,000 schools up and down the United Kingdom and beyond took part in the BBC School Report’s 10th annual News Day.

School Reporters appeared on a variety of BBC national and regional TV and radio programmes throughout the day.

Highlights included a report on teenage sleep on BBC News at Six and another on young cadets on the lunchtime news.

There was also an interview with golfer Rory McIlroy and a report on fortunes made by YouTubers vlogging.

Other School Reporters looked into budget cuts meaning that funding for young carers has fallen, with the burden of caring falling more on young females than males.

Young reporters in the Middle East, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico and India also took part.

Students in Jerusalem reported on efforts being made to achieve peace despite tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the region, while youngsters from the Gandhi Memorial Public School looked at the issue of air pollution in Delhi. , while School Reporters in Mexico assessed US presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s threat to build a wall between the two countries.

And BBC director general Tony Hall promised to look into increasing the availability of British Sign Language on entertainment programmes after he was quizzed by students.

Pupils had until 14:00 GMT to publish reports on their school websites.

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Raising the profile of female pilots

Each school’s website had a link from an interactive map on the School Report website.

Throughout the day, more than 100 pupils visited New Broadcasting House to meet some of the teams that work in the BBC’s central London headquarters. School Reporters also worked throughout the day in the BBC’s newsrooms in Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast and Newcastle.

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Mark Mardell was quizzed by School Reporters

Pupils from Heron Hall Academy, Enfield, north London, went behind the scenes at BBC Radio 4’s The World at One and asked presenter Mark Mardell to reveal his most awkward moment.

School Reporters from The Beacon School, Buckinghamshire, held a video interview with triple-Formula 1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, who spoke to them about overcoming dyslexia.

The BBC’s Sarah Keith-Lucas gave visitors from Charlton Park Academy in south London an insight into life as a weather presenter. while another weather presenter, Carol Kirkwood, passed on advice to students.

Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis told School Reporters he hoped Leicester City win the Premier League title.

A live text page ran all day updating the BBC’s News website audience with all of the latest developments on what proved to be an extremely busy news day.

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Royal visit to Wester Hailes Education Centre

Some School Reporters had already taken part in broadcasts prior to News Day – youngsters from Wester Hailes Education Centre in Edinburgh joined the royal press pack on the Duchess of Cambridge’s recent official visit.

 

[SOURCE :-bbc]