If you are participating in the project in 2011-12, follow the six steps below to get started.
Please note that outside the UK, only schools selected by the British Council can participate in the project in 2011-12.
Any interested UK school can register directly with the BBC team to get involved.
1. Discuss with your partner schools to agree how you will work together. You can include School Report as an activity within your Connecting Classrooms partnership plan.
School Report is open to students aged between 11 and 16. Older students can also get involved as mentors or leaders to support the younger students in your school.
2. Register your school. Non-UK schools need to complete the registration form below with details of your UK partner school(s) and return the form to your local British Council office.
Non-UK Registration Form (537KB)
UK schools should register directly on the BBC News School Report website.
3. Return the head teacher consent form to your local British Council office to confirm that you have obtained parental consent for your students to participate.
Non-UK Head Teacher Letter (542KB)
Non-UK Head Teacher Consent Form (524KB)
Non-UK Parental Consent Form (530KB)
UK schools should visit the School Report website to download the relevant forms and return these directly to the BBC.
Neither the British Council nor the BBC will publish or link to any of your students’ reports until these forms have been returned.
4. Prepare to publish by deciding where your students’ reports will be hosted online and preparing the necessary web pages either on your own school website or on your partner school’s website. Find out more about how to work with your partner school and where to publish your students’ reports below.
5. Practise! Once you and your partners have decided to take part and registered, your students can start reporting! Students can report throughout the year on any issue that interests them – from the local to the global.
You can find lesson plans and training materials for you and your students to practise creating reports on the BBC News School Report website. In some countries, there will also be an opportunity to attend a training event and your local British Council office will be in touch if this is happening near you.
6. Report the news. In addition to your ongoing activity, there are three specific points in the year when you will be asked to publish your news.
On the Practice News Day on Wednesday 8 February to make sure that everything goes smoothly.
On the BBC School Report News Day on Thursday 15 March 2012. You will need to ensure that your students' reports are uploaded to your dedicated website on this date.
Around the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London from 27 July to 9 September 2012. Click here for more details on how School Report hopes to work on the Olympics.
Your school and students will receive certificates of participation from the BBC and British Council for taking part.
You may be asked to provide feedback after July 2012 to contribute to the evaluation of the project by the British Council and the BBC.
Frequently asked questions