What is BBC News School Report?

BBC News School Report

BBC News School Report gives 11-16-year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

Using lesson plans and materials from this website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.

In March, schools take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio, and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website, to which the BBC aims to link.

Last year more than 1,000 schools across the UK took part on School Report, on the biggest ever School Report News Day. Take a look at what students produced on the day!

The school report’s 10th News Day will be held on 10 March 2016.

Child protection

The safety and well-being of young people taking part in the project is very important to everyone involved in School Report. All mentors and other people working with School Report sign a personal disclosure form and undertake training in accordance with the BBC’s guidelines on child protection.

We also have protection measures in place to prevent identification of children, including not using surnames and requiring parental consent for all children taking part.

The project aims to give young people from across the UK the chance to make their own news to real deadlines and broadcast it to real audiences. School Report helps to fulfil one of the BBC Charter’s pledges to “sustain citizenship and civil society”:

  • by engaging young people with news
  • by bringing their voices and stories to a wider audience
  • by sharing some of the public service values behind content creation, such as fairness, accuracy, and impartiality since so many young people are content creators and distributors.