Every year Wildern takes part in the BBC School Report event in March with Year 9. This gives our students the opportunity to be reporters for the day; writing as journalists, broadcasting about current affairs, key topics affecting them as teenagers or issues surrounding the community they live in.
In the build-up to this National day, students work in small teams during Digging Deeper tutor sessions once they have identified a topic to research it in more detail and seek different points of view. The objective is for students to realise there is more than one side to a news story and to consider the difficulty in today’s world of gathering sound news and data. During this year’s event stories such as the issues with ‘Fake News’, mental health issues and Brexit were popular topics.
The support from the BBC involves the support of a ‘mentor’, usually this is a BBC colleague from a news or production team. For the past 2 years we have had the help of a news segment producer who has helped support students in developing film pieces in particular. There are also additional support and opportunities to get students work shared with the world, such as when the BBC Breakfast Weather crew came and did an outside broadcast all morning with the students, or this year when a BBC Radio Solent came down to interview students about their stories.
On the day students experience what it takes to create either a written, radio or news film piece. In this way they also get to develop their ICT and media skills alongside literacy skills through learning about different camera angles through to lighting, pitch and projection of voice. We upload these finished news stories to our website which is then featured on the BBC School News Website.