Today, Thursday 15th March 2012, pupils from all over the country had the chance to be a news reporter for the day as schools took part in an annual news day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on their websites.
The news day took place as part of the BBC New School Report programme which gives 11-16 year-old pupils in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. Teachers have used lesson plans and materials from the BBC website to help students develop their journalistic skills and become school reporters.
As well as reporting on a variety of interesting issues from healthy eating and fairtrade to the Jubilee and the Olympic Games, pupils from Idsall School in Telford had the chance to interview special guests including Youth Sport Trust's School Sport Ambassador and Olympic Gold Medallist, Jason Gardener. Their day started with a race between Jason and Idsall School's best sprinters. Pupils reported that Jason came in first with classmate Rhys a close second. When asked whether he had enjoyed the race, Rhys replied: "What's not to enjoy!".
As is the challenge for any journalist, the school reporters were working towards a deadline and all reports had to be uploaded by 2:00pm. Speaking about the day, Sonia Jones who organised the event at Idsall School said: "Pupils at Idsall School have had wonderful day reporting on all sorts of interesting stories and the day has been made even more exciting by the great guests we have had in. One of the most exciting things we had today was a 50m sprint between our Olympic athlete and nine of our pupils - Jason won!"