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Two Cumbernauld high schools prepare for their 'School Reports' news day

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 22:15 GMT on Wednesday 20th March, 2013.
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TOMORROW will see two Cumbernauld high schools hitting the headlines as the BBC News’s ‘School Report’ news day returns.

At 2pm, tomorrow afternoon, BBC News will broadcast their flagship ‘School Reports’, which are gathered, researched and presented by real pupils and staff at over 1,000 UK schools.

The ‘School Report’ project gives 11-14 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.  And, using lesson plans and materials from BBC News, and with support from BBC staff, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters. 

Finally, in March each year, 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.

Two of Cumbernauld’s high schools will be taking part in the project, this year; Cumbernauld High and Greenfaulds High School. 

 
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“Students from Greenfaulds High school will be making the news for real on 21 March 2013 as they take part in BBC News School Report,” a spokesperson for Greenfaulds High confirmed.

The websites of both participating schools will be updated throughout the day with the news which the pupils have gathered and presented upon. Although, currently visitors to both of the schools’ websites are told, “We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on the News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later.”

BBC News presenter and former teacher Huw Edwards is working on School Report.

He said: "Over the years I've run many journalism workshops in schools. So I've seen how much fun it can be and how much can be learnt when there are real deadlines, real audiences and real standards to meet.

"I'm involved because I want to give young people the chance to make the news themselves, and I want to share the principles of good journalism.”

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