School report day puts pupils’ skills to the test

Claydon High School students and staff after school report day

Claydon High School students and staff after school report day - Credit: Archant

Students at a Suffolk high school took time out from their scheduled timetable to create their own online magazine.

Members of Claydon High School’s reporters club were joined by students in year eight to create the publication, as part of BBC School Report Day.

The reporters club members meet every Thursday at an after school club, and regularly write for the school’s newsletter.

Their skills were put to test as part of the report day, as they worked to tight deadlines over the day.

The team interviewed teachers and students about events and activities at school, as well as featuring local, national and international news items.

In the morning the team was joined by EADT reporter Callum Maclean, who spoke to the students, giving them tips on how to write a successful news article as well as advice on how to create gripping headlines and dealing with rejection.

In the afternoon, students practised their news reading skills in a recorded news bulletin following an autocue.

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Sarah Lovell-Brown, English teacher and organiser of the event, said: “I was really impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication shown by the students. Every single article was produced from scratch and to a 2pm deadline, which was a tough challenge”.

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