2016 BBC News School Report


2016

Highlights from BBC News School Report's tenth annual News Day, when thousands of 11- to 16-year-olds from across the UK report on the stories that really matter to them.


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You will member on Thursday the BBC held the annual School Report. --

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remember. Here are some of the best bits.

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One day every year BBC News gets bigger and younger. Ten years ago

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the BBC began an experiment with four schools and 30 students. It was

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called school report. -- School Report. Good afternoon and welcome

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to the BBC's School Report. Students aged 11 to 16 would get a chance to

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make the news their way. Could you give us a taster of your favourite

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rap? Everybody take a look at me, I've got street credibility. Schools

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across the UK would be turned into newsrooms. School reporters

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published stories on the website and across the BBC. What is your dream?

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I want to see every child going to school. Ten years on, it has

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involved more than 400,000 reporters for more than 2500 schools. We are

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all former school reporters and we will take a look at what's been

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going on this year. We are from a public school in Delhi. We brought

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this monitor at with us and it shows the unhealthy levels of pollution.

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We will look back at some of the highlights of the past ten years. My

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mum thinks you are like a modern-day Mr Darcy. We will find out what it

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means for some of those that have taken part. It felt so surreal to be

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working with BBC. This is the story of school report in year ten. For

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some of the 30,000 young people taking part this year, Newsday

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started like this. -- news day. I just got up and I am so tired! It is

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ten to 18 Warnie and I am waiting for a couple of school reporters who

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are meeting someone very special for breakfast. -- to eight in the

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morning. Good morning. It is an early start, but what are you doing

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here today? We are interviewing Chris Evans for the BBC School

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Report. Fantastic. It might be a silly question, but are you

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excited? Of course! We've been preparing questions for a good two

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weeks and we are ready to ask them and see if we can get some

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interesting answers. Today we have two top students joining the team

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behind the glass. Having said that, they are now in the studio. Good

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morning! How are you doing? We are fabulous. When we were speaking on

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the radio they told us there were over 10 million viewers, so that was

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a bit shocking. Around 150 school reporters were ringed by the two the

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BBC in London. It wasn't long before school reporters were getting down

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to work. In here is the editorial meeting for Radio 4's world at one.

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It is usually behind closed doors today we can go in. The CMA boss

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went on to... These students to write an editorial meeting about

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what stories should be in the programme at lunchtime. I found the

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meeting very interesting. It was a very nice experience and I like to

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do it again. School Report began ten years ago when the BBC invited four

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schools to take part in a broadcasting experiment. The BBC

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back in 2006, but it is still the case, was really concerned about

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young people not engaging with news and not getting the chance to find

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out about the world around them, current affairs. The thought was

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that if you could somehow engage them in schools it might interest

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them in news and current affairs and that might lead to an interest late

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in life. The essence of School Report is giving young people a

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voice and an audience. Dr Who makes a comeback... Students recognise the

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value of having a real audience and this is a huge motivating factor, so

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students take extra care because they know their bulletins, blogs and

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articles will be viewed and read by many people. Another good thing

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about it is developing student self-worth, confidence. For many

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school reporters over the years, having a voice has meant covering

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stories close to home. When the river burst its banks, over a

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quarter of the Somerset land was flooded. Despite 50,000 sandbags...

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And 62 pumps operating 24 hours a day, the force of nature was too

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strong to hold back. This is one of the most deprived areas of the UK.

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It is pretty rundown in places. Boarded-up shops and NT -- empty

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houses. There is nothing out of the ordinary for pupils getting the bus

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to school. These students happen to live on the other side and the

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school journey involves more than just a bus. Sometimes local stories

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produced by school reporters can capture national attention, as

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Raymond, who lives in Hackney in east London, found out when he was

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13 and the part in School Report. Some people do think of Hackney as a

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rough area, a bad area where there's a lot of crime, so I thought it

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would be interesting to talk about. As a young person in Hackney, how do

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you feel about safety? People don't feel safe and comfortable. I wanted

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to shed some light on the fact that crime wasn't that bad. Me living in

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Hackney, as a 13-year-old as a time -- at the time, it wasn't as bad as

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people thought. I am here with a former gang member who is now a

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youth worker and is trying to make this a safer place. Showing young

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people that there's more to life than what they see around them, in

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terms of all of the negative influences. The local story went

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national when Raymond appeared on the today programme on Radio 4. We

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are joined by one young man who has been taking part, Raymond. Can you

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explain the problem how difficult the problem is? Crime in Hackney

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isn't really bad. If you get involved in it it is hard to get

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out, but if you might do business, choose the right friends, it is all

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right. The whole experience was amazing, having that experience at

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that age. -- mind your own business. Because of that I've considered

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going into media in the future. On news day this year more than 1000

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schools across the UK took part. The BBC in Salford have had around 75

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school reporters. BBC radio Manchester... This is probably one

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of the most important buttons. Back in London, these students are

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speaking to schools all over the country. With help from some friends

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from Radio one. I am hearing the news gathering area at broadcasting

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house in London. It is incredibly busy. We have students calling from

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all over the country and students are also visited by a very special

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guest, Greg James. Hello, Greg. How are you finding things today? Me and

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Adam are very busy. We are calling some schools to find out how they

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are getting on. We're calling on particular school. How is it going?

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We're through. Just finding out how they are getting on, our students

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are getting involved. We have another student. What have you been

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doing with the phones? I've just been finding out some information.

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Have you found any interesting stories about schools? On school got

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a visit from the BBC Radio. They called into congratulate them for

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what they were doing, which was a nice surprise. Five floors up in

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school reporters are driving their desks at radio one Xtra. How did you

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find that? Controlling the buttons at the beginning? That was easy! On

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a scale of one to ten, how easy? Nine. So are you saying everyday I

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do an easy job? Sort of. Students also report about their own lives.

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Hello. We are teenagers in 2013, but we think it would be easier to be a

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teenager in the 1980s rather than now. No one told me about a costume

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change! Today we are asking the question, how could he first century

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teenagers are affected by body image issues. We are more likely to forget

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our school books they am as Khare. But is our fixation with image

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harming our self-esteem? What psychological effect does

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selfies have on young people? Positive and negative. Most young

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people like taking selfies. But as long as they aren't taken too

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seriously. We've been reporting for BBC School Report. The question many

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school reporters ask is can young people live above social media? Is

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not much research on the effect social media is having on young

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people, what we want to see what all this screen time is doing to our

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brains. So, we decided to go cold turkey for one week. When the BBC

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approached us, I was very excited. This is the first day. I'm quite

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unsure about what I should replace the time I use social media with. I

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think my stress is going to grow and get bigger. Only three out of nine

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of us lasted the whole week. I think I felt disappointed in myself,

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because a lot of my friends did go the week. I couldn't do it. But

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don't think young Gursel is a test with social media, as School Report

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revealed. In Kenya were visited. We go back to the good old days of

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letter writing. I am writing to a friend of mine. Just as a hello,

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because it has been a long time. The story was broadcast on BBC world and

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their World Service. That introduction to the School Report

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back in 2010 wasn't exactly global news. I did a story about my dad

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winning a competition to go on England football bus. Looking back

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on it, I think, why on earth did I pick that? But it didn't hold her

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back. Far from it. Lauren is 19. Now she works as a broadcast assistant

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at the BBC in London. I am back at William Howard school, the one they

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left three years ago, the meat and students were taking part in BBC

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News school report. How do you experience your -- how do you value

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your experience the School Report? That's the reason why I wanted to

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join the BBC. It gave me insight into what it was like to work for

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such a big News Corporation and it was School Report that help me

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decide that I wanted to become a journalist. BBC journalist Jane Hill

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has been involved with School Report from the start. One of the young

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people I spoke to say, I am enjoying the writing, but I am also really

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enjoying having a go at all of the equipment and machinery. She said, I

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would never have a chance to even look at this machinery and try to

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learn understand how it works. I thought, that's fantastic! Just

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because I am a journalist I can't assume everyone wants to write or

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broadcast for a career. Baby P want to go into the technical side and be

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a sound recordist, or a cameraman. -- maybe they want. Over the year,

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school reporters have done a great job. At the height of the Arab

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Spring students interviewed students in Tunisia. Hello. Can you describe

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what it was like being at home when the revolution was happening? It was

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really scary. Guns fired, pupils are very afraid. They just want

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democracy, but it was very horrid. Equality.

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There are school reporters all over the world reporting stories to a

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global audience. Hello, we are students at a school injuries.

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Unique of Jewish -Arab coexistence. We want to show you how it works.

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Follow us. In this class, one teacher speaks in Hebrew and the

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other in Arabic. It helps to remove barriers and create friendship from

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an early age. Coexistence is a daily challenge, but the alternative is

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worse. The story of one extraordinary teenager who has a --

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inspired many around the world gave one reported the opportunity to

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travel to the UN. The story begins at a school in Birmingham. Holly was

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in year nine when she became interested in a Pakistani girl who

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was shot either Taliban after campaigning for girls to be

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educated. I started looking at who she was and what she had done. I

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came across the blog she did and it is great to see that from an early

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age she was an advocate of female education and the right to equality.

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And so after that we started getting more interested, started writing

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reports on staff and then BBC School Report got back to us and said we

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could get involved. She got the chance to go to New York to report

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on a speech Malala was making at the UN. Every girl, who raised their

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voice for their rights. Wholly interviewed Gordon Brown, the

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UN special envoy to education. What is education Mata? Because it is the

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only way people can do to themselves. Straight after the

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interview, we met Malala right after her speech, we were in awe at the

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opportunity. Holly even reported live from New York. That was quite

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some speech today, were you in the audience? Yes, we were. We thought

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it was really good, and there were a few of us watching. She said quite a

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few inspirational quotes, like the peaceful and love everyone. I felt

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quite privileged that I was one of the people to be able to see her and

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hear her voice and speak. This year, students are covering another World

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News story, the war in Syria. And they are doing it in their own way.

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We have been linking up with children in Syria who have had to

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leave their homes because of the conflict. We have suffered from any

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problems during the last few years. We have become friends with students

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in Damascus as part of the project. We find that their lives are very

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different from ours. They told us that when they come home from school

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they say goodbye to their mothers as if they will never see them again.

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They keep having to move homes and schools and don't have proper books

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like us. I have changed three houses in different places, so I have

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changed three schools. Armed with insights into the lives of young

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people in Syria they took their questions to the international

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developer and secretary. Young people in Syria don't have enough

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desks and chairs or access to technology. What is the UK doing to

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help them? One thing the UK has really been focused on is trying to

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get children back into school. School report sometimes throws up

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moments you would never see anywhere else. They can be revealing. Why

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anti- wearing a tie? 51% of the pictures on the internet of you

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don't have a tie on. They can be spontaneous. How am I doing? , I am

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feeling great! They can be unexpected. We will be reporting on

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love your toilet week in school. We will get it right, I don't know

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where this microphone is going. Or they can be downright weird. I was

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wondering, could you give us a taster of your favourite rap? It was

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a strange question. After the video went viral, I thought I was famous,

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everyone will know about it. Public Enemy, Tinie Tempah, they are all

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great. My dad is probably still more thrilled that I am, he keeps talking

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about it two years on. In 2012, events in the UK caught the

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attention of the rest of the world. School reporters were there again to

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cover the story. The Olympic flame arrives in the UK this evening on

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board a special flight from Athens. This is the actual tarmac where the

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Olympic flame will land. It will be travelling for 70 days around the

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entire UK. It felt so surreal to be working with the BBC. My gosh.

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Fantastic access, you have spoken to everyone who is important! Did you

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enjoy that? Yes, it was great to see everything behind the scenes and see

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the preparations we were talking about. I never had much confidence,

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so to look at myself talking at the camera, that footage was then going

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to be on the news, I was really quite proud at the same time of

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being weeded out. A lot of reporters cover the Olympics, some even

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interviewed athlete. Since you joined the academy, you haven't

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really live the life of a normal teenager. I think you miss out, you

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make some sacrifices. You miss out on going out on the weekends and

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things, but I am completely happy with missing those little things to

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be in a position I'm in now. For one school reporter, the Paralympics...

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This is my best friend Charlie. He has cerebral palsy, and first got

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involved in the project when he and his able-bodied friend told their

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story of playing wheelchair tennis together. I think it has been really

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good, was not only can Abbey play with me, she can come to my world

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and see what tennis does for me and how much I enjoy it. When the

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Paralympic Games began, Charlie was chosen to be the official school

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report blogger. It was absolutely amazing, because I haven't ever done

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anything like that before, and because I was quite young I felt

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like I had quite a big sense of responsibility. That wasn't all. We

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do want to hear from Charlie... He then shared his experiences on five

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live. Hi Charlie, good to see. You have cerebral palsy and use a

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wheelchair, so how have you found this event? It has been great, to be

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honest. It has done a lot for disabled people and disabled sport,

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and I hope a lot stems off from these games. I am really proud. I

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think subconsciously, it has made me want to get involved in journalism

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as I have got older. It has a really positive effect on me. One of the

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most important jobs of a reporter is holding the powerful to account.

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School reporters have a long history of asking tough questions. In 2007,

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School reporters had a chance to ask questions to Tony Blair. Thousands

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of children my age have died in the war in Iraq. This is too high a

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price to pay for getting rid of Saddam Hussein? Just before I came

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here I was speaking to the PM in Iraq. What he would say is that the

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people who are doing the killing are small minority and they have to be

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stopped. In 2012, the DJ had the kind of day political reporters can

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only hope for. You'll make it was really the fracking date. Good

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afternoon. She got to talk to all three main party leaders. One after

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another. My school is a terrible place, with cracks in the walls

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covered with paper and last week we flooded. What are you going to do

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for Rascal and many others? We are going to spend money on new capital

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and new buildings for schools. It sounds like yours is a deserving

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case and perhaps I will have to look at your particular school and see

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what the plans are. A year later, she followed up the pledge. I

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received a letter from the PM to verify that our school has been

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placed on the priority school building programme. Despite this,

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one year on, our school hasn't changed. I felt proud that I have

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managed to get to where I was, that I managed to represent the school in

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a way and to get a voice for the students in the school. Now, the

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school is being rebuilt. In 2013, School reporters met a leading

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politician and dared to ask a question on everybody's lips. Do you

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want to be PM? I am very lucky to be Mayor of London. And then another

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school reporter asked him. What do you want to be? What you want to be?

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What is this? I felt a bit awkward, because I asked him twice that he

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didn't answer. Until he finally got an answer. Genuinely, of course I

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do. To get that out of him was a really big accomplishment for me.

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You should be on Newsnight. He should be on Newsnight! This year at

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the BBC students are putting the finishing touches to their news

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bulletin. Before they know it, it is two o'clock. This is BBC News School

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report, I'm Matthew. Welcome to the BBC News School report 2016. The

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headlines. The Duchess of Cambridge meets School reporters in

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Edinburgh, we will be what it was like to work it a real royal. School

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reporters all over the UK are publishing their stories. Fer we

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have had approaches from Brussels city working with us in the last two

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years, part of a project funded by the football league called female

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football development. Some people have families who work in Canada. My

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father is an electrician who gets most of his work from the plant. It

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is not a very nice place to work at the moment because everyone is a bit

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worried for their job. Waking up in the morning is not easy for most

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teenagers. We usually stay up late, so are we really getting enough

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sleep? We are reporting from BBC News School report.

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I am here in the newsgathering area and as you can see, all the students

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have gone home and that is it for School report 2016. You have been

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watching the highlights from ten years of school report. To find out

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more about the project, go to BBC

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Highlights from BBC News School Report's tenth annual News Day, when thousands of 11- to 16-year-olds from across the UK report on the stories that really matter to them. In this tenth anniversary year school reporters old and new reflect on how they turned their classrooms into newsrooms and the stories they told.


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