BBC Young Reporter Festival

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BBC Young Reporter encourages children to share and present news stories in their own way. The story must be based on one of the categories provided, but can be presented in whichever media they find the most appropriate. For example, a traditional written article, a web-page or blog, a video report or a podcast.

Every year, the project has two parts: the BBC Young Reporter Competition in October and the BBC Young Reporter Festival in March. During the latter, schools are encouraged to dedicate lessons to media and journalism, and then share their students' own fantastic reports online for everyone to enjoy.

Last year, we invited Year 9 to produce their own news reports and shared them online on our very own Dame Allan's News Day. This year, as something fun and inspirational to do during Lockdown, we opened it up for the whole of Key Stage 3. Dame Allan's students have been involved in a range of activities linked to BBC Young Reporters' during Lockdown including attending inspirational webinars on internet safety, fake news and careers in journalism.

The categories this year are 'Uplifting', 'Coronavirus' and 'Me and My World.' All students in Years 7-9 have been working tirelessly over the last half-term to create news reports to show what really matters to them. The students have been really engaged with the project, working independently or in small groups. We have been hugely impressed that students have been able to work collaboratively despite restrictions. 

Below are just some of the articles sent by so far, more will be added as each class hits their deadline over the next few days.