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BBC News School Report


Each March, we take part in the annual News Day with BBC News School Report. This project gives our students the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. Using lesson plans and materials from the website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, we help our students to develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters. Their video, audio and text-based news reports, are published on our College website, to which the BBC link.

Newsday 2018 is Thursday 15 March.

This year, we have been given the opportunity to take part in some new projects; an interview with Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, and #myteam – a project to showcase grassroots football. We submitted questions to be asked to Mr Carney and Harington School student, Caitlyn Palmer, was successful. Her question was  – ““If you could give any financial advice to your younger self, what would it be?”. The #myteam project focused on local team, Oakham United, with interviews with players and supporters. Our content was broadcast by BBC Radio Leicester on Friday 4 November.


On 16 March students from Catmose College took part in the BBC School News Report, this is the BBC School Report’s 11th annual day. Around 30,000 School Reporters at more than 1,000 schools around the UK took part. During the day the students learn about how to create a BBC news broadcast, from writing scripts and keeping up with the latest stories to interviewing and filming.

Interview topics at Catmose College ranged from ‘Chocolate is good for you’, are traditional hobbies dying out, interview with four students who worked live on BBC Breakfast presenting from the Big Bang Science Fair for BBC Breakfast and also included a local weather update.

Working to a tight deadline the students managed to finish the report off by the cut off time and their work can be seen here. Well done to all involved



We were excited to be given the opportunity to participate in a live assignment working with Steph McGovern, BBC Breakfast Business presenter from the Big Bang Science Fair at the NEC. The full written report from our broadcast can be found here.

We had the opportunity to interview Steph and our interview can be seen below.


Last Year, it was also BBC News School Report’s 10th Anniversary and they created a special documentary celebrating the 20 years of the project.  Back on Newsday in 2014, former Catmose College student, Alice Tatlow created quite a stir when during a visit to the Department of Education and an interview with Michael Gove, she asked him to rap. To the amazement of everyone present, he then performed part of Wham Rap. At the time, this footage was featured on the main news programmes, written about in most newspapers, bot h in print and online, and it ended up trending on Facebook. The documentary featuring Alice can be seen here.


At the end of January, Rutland experienced an earthquake and the media team spoke to various news crews about their experiences and heard from Paul Denton, a member of the British Geological Survey. Below is footage from BBC East Midlands Today featuring some of our students being interviewed about the earthquake experience and also photos from the day. You can also read a report from the students by clicking here.


On Tuesday 19 March, our team were given the opportunity to work with Jon Ozanne from BBC News School Report on a piece of research regarding making Shakespeare fun. They took part in a workshop regarding Shakespearean’s portrayal of  Richard III in the grounds of Leicester Cathedral. This was just across the road from the actual site where the Kind Richard III’s bones were found. Our reporters had the opportunity to interview two archaeologists from Leicester University; Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist and Matthew Morris, the archaeologist who actually uncovered the bones in the first trench. These interviews can be seen below.




 Link to Makewaves

Our previous BBC News School reports can be found if you follow the links below.

News Day 2016

News Day 2015

School Report Certificate of Participation 2014-15-2

News Day 2014

News Day 2013

News Day 2012

News Day 2011

Sports news Day 2010

News Day 2010