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We are very proud of the excellent contributions that pupils in Years 10 and 11 have made to the Young Reporter scheme, which enables young people to write about topics of interest to them and their local communities for publication on a national newspaper website. Pupils also receive training on the legal aspects of writing for publication and issues around image rights—important work experience for anyone considering a career in journalism.

Many pupils can use their experience of the scheme as part of their Skills section for their Duke of Edinburgh’s award. Interestingly, pupils who have completed the scheme often feel that they have gained in confidence, too, because of the need to approach contacts for comments and ideas for stories, as well as photographs. The scheme is a great stepping stone into many different careers.

This week, we were very pleased to learn that six of our Young Reporters in Years 10 and 11 have been made semi-finalists in the competition which all participants in the scheme are eligible to enter. This is a great achievement as there are many hundreds of entrants to the competition. On Monday, the winner will be announced, and we will have our fingers crossed for our six finalists: Theo, Mark, Seyon (pictured) Savir, and Alex (all in Year 10) and Sachin (Year 11). We’ve selected one of each of their articles to highlight below and hope you will be impressed by the range and depth of their writing.

"Diamonds are not worthless" by Mark
“Festival of Colour” by Savir
“This is more than ‘Big Snooker’” by Seyon
“Pick up the ‘boring books’” by Theo
“Is ULEZ a good change?” by Sachin

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