Junior journalists join national News Day

Budding reporters from the Elizabethan Academy's family of schools gathered at the Academy last week to take part in the tenth BBC School Report event.  Challenged by TV Newsreader Huw Edwards to find, research and produce a news report in a day, the pupils from Year 5 worked alongside Gifted and Talented students in Years 7 and 8. 

Each Headteacher had been invited to nominate just two pupils to take part in the event.  The pupils had been at The Academy two weeks previously to meet each other and prepare for the event.  They worked with Sara Dyer from Sheffield Hallam University and Robert Langley (journalist with the Retford Times) to learn more about journalism and reporting.

Students the length and breadth of the country participated in BBC School Report this year, with The Elizabethan flying the flag for Bassetlaw.

Vice Principal at the Academy, Jason White, who leads on transition from primary to secondary school, told us that the day had been a complete success.  "We really value our close working with the primary schools.  Our Year 7s settle really quickly when they come here, and numbers are up significantly for September."

Inaci Atkinson, from Ranskill Primary, said that the day had been “great fun.  I learnt a lot about the news… where it comes from and how it is produced.  It’s made me think about maybe becoming a journalist in the future.”

Here are just some of the articles created by the students