BBC News School Report | BBC News School Report

Pupils at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls will be joining schools across the country on Thursday 16 March 2017 when they take part in the BBC News School Report.

BBC News School Report gives pupils in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. Participating schools research and produce their own news reports on interesting things happening in their area. Teachers help develop pupils’ journalistic skills to become School Reporters, so they can report on the stories that matter to them and make their voices heard.

On Thursday 16 March we will be taking part in the annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on our website, to which the BBC links. Last year around 30,000 pupils from over 1,000 schools took part in the annual News Day. 2017 will be the 1st year that King Edward VI Handsworth has taken part.

We aim to publish our news by 1600 GMT on News Day (Thursday 16 March), so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later: BBC News School Report Category 


Our team consists of pupils in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 managed by Miss Murrall and Eve and Maymunah in the Sixth Form.  We have been meeting every week to discuss our ideas. Any pupils interested in joining us should talk with Miss Murrall or any members of the pupil team.

The BBC News School Report – why join?

The BBC News School Report team requires a number of skills and pupils work together to plan, research, write, film, record audio, take photographs and make editing decisions. Through practice sessions pupils will be introduced to the pressures of News Day and helped to learn to work as a team to meet deadlines. The idea is not to create the perfect bulletin, but to focus on team building and time management techniques.

Some of our current team members share why they decided to get involved. I joined BBC News School Report because…

I wanted to try something new which meant I was taking risks and not just sticking to what I already know. I wanted a chance to express my love for Journalism and my love for writing about important issues. Participating in BBC School Report Day has allowed me to do these things and many more, it taught me many valuable skills such as how to be open minded, how to collaborate well and how to express opinions these are skills which will stay with me for life and I can pass on to others.

My favourite part of this whole process is working with my friends and doing the things I love!

Sophia Akhtar – 8H


I always knew I loved to write, whether it’d be a mini ‘novel’ or a collection of poems. Journalism was just one step ahead into my writing dreams; another platform for me to voice my words. I’m so glad to have volunteered in this opportunity, because I love to write. To me, nothing in the world is better or more enjoyable than writing. 

Zarin Khan 8J


I think that BBC School Report is an excellent platform to develop our speaking and planning skills. It is a place where we can gain confidence and voice our opinion to different people. Most importantly, I have joined the BBC School Report to collaborate with other students and have FUN.

Iesha Ahmed 8H


I wanted to be able to voice my opinions about some of the leading issues in the world today. The BBC SChool Report has not only given me a medium to do so, but has also allowed me to gain experience in the exciting world of journalism.

Anjali Goyal 11D


I wanted to be able to voice my opinions about some of the leading issues in the world today. This program has not only given me a medium to do so, but has also allowed me to gain experience in the exciting world of journalism.

Anjali (Year 11)


I chose to become involved as staying informed about as well as questioning the many controversial issues that exist today is something I have always found myself doing. Not only that,  but being able to voice an opinion on such current affairs is something I am keen to do, with an interest in pursuing journalism as a possible career. 

Tiah (Year 11)


I chose to take part in the BBC School Report Day because it has given me the opportunity to get to grips with journalism and taught me more about the industry.

Amrit (Year 11)


I wanted to get involved with BBC School Report because I wanted to have a platform to voice the issues I feel passionately about that I feel do not get enough coverage in mainstream media. From this experience, I have been able to develop my ability to work in a team, as well as develop my confidence when speaking.

Megan (Year 11)