Ilkeston students become news reporters for a day

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Students from Saint John Houghton CVA in Ilkeston explored issues that affect young people when they took on the role of news reporters for the day.

A total of 31 year-nine students took part in BBC School Report, which gives 11-to-16-year-olds across the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

Schools take part in the annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, publishing them on their school’s website, to which the BBC aims to link.

Students at Saint John Houghton CVA, in Kirk Hallam, decided what issues they would like to cover before carrying out research and either writing stories or creating a report for broadcast.

Both tasks involved interviewing students and teachers and working to a tight deadline with the broadcast students also having to edit the final package.

A range of stories were covered including the English baccalaureate (Ebacc), the importance of breakfast, how situations at home affect school life, animal cruelty and healthy lifestyles.

Ian Thomson, English teacher at Saint John Houghton CVA, said everyone had thoroughly enjoyed the day.

He said: “The BBC School Report is of great benefit to pupils as it encourages them to become independent learners. They learned so many skills from interviewing to editing videos and they really enjoyed the day.”