We've received some great feedback from teachers & students
I'm just writing you a quick email to express my genuine gratitude for all of the effort you put in to helping this summer be a great success! With your help we were able to offer our best extra-curricular programme yet, and I couldn't have put it together without you.
Matt Burnage, Operations Manager, Oxford Royale Academy
Our Year 7s had a great time gaining an insight into the world of journalism. Sally brought a sense of fun to her workshop and our students were hanging on her every word! Her session on interviewing was a particular highlight – the students loved being a roving reporter, looking for the scoop! We have now been inspired to make our own school newspaper and can’t wait to show our first copy to Sally!
Chris Kelly, Deputy Head of Year 7, Trent College, Nottingham
I really liked learning about what to expect from being a journalist. We got the chance to write our own reports with expert advice!
Tom, Year 7
Learning to ask the right questions in an interview was really interesting and it was fun to play the role of a proper journalist! Thank you Sally.
Charlotte and Poppy, Year 7
I found writing up a news article great as I had never done this before. Sally gave me loads of advice to help me write the best article possible.
Jasmine, Year 7
The workshop was an interesting introduction into the world of journalism. The children were engaged in the activities and their confidence grew throughout the day.
Miss Francesca Trono, Pupil Premium Champion, St Thomas More RC Primary School, Peterborough
Pupils involved in the journalism day were very grateful that Sally had come to teach us some skills about journalism and give us an insight into what the job is like. We were asked to report on a range of stories and we had fun playing the role of interviewee and reporter. We were also given advice about how we could make our writing exciting and interesting to the reader.
One pupil from the group said “Today was spectacular, I have enjoyed this day very much, I have learnt a lot from Sally’s experiences in the past. The best part of the day was when we got to find out about the types of scoops she had done.
We now look forward to using our new skills as we feel it has really improved our literacy!
James, Year 8 Abington Academy, Wiston, Leics.
The workshop gave pupils a great insight into the world of the journalism and the opportunity for them all to be involved in writing their own reports was brilliant. They were fully engaged in the activities and the opportunity to interview a member of the school team gave them a real life experience.
Rachel Patman - Pupil Premium Administrator, Ken Stimpson Community School, Peterborough
Journalism for Schools provided us with an excellent experience for a very large group of students. Throughout the day, the students were fully engaged and enthusiastic, resulting in some high quality outcomes. They were able to utilise a range of literacy skills, writing an article by the end of the day. This is a workshop that can be targeted at any level, thus is fully inclusive and more importantly in the current climate, value for money! We would highly recommend the company to schools, and were particularly impressed by the fact that we were able to dictate the programme we wanted.
Andrea May, Assistant Headteacher, Brynteg School, Bridgend, Wales
On the Tuesday afternoon Sally came into our Academy and provided students who are interested in Journalism with a two hour workshop. Straight from the beginning we were introduced to the lexical field of journalism which I found very useful and helpful, as I’m an English Language AS student. Some of the words I’ve never seen in my life so I definitely benefited from that workshop. The terminology used in journalism will definitely help me with my future coursework. I really enjoyed learning about various techniques used in journalism, especially the style of writing and the whole idea of how to properly construct a good article. Moreover, what I found extremely effective was how Sally ran her presentation – she interacted with the class, which made the whole event much more interesting and enjoyable. Furthermore, I was really interested in the process of becoming a journalist and the requirements of it – Sally explained everything to us in detail, which left me with no doubts. I enjoyed the exercise we were given – we needed to edit one of the articles and make it shorter which was pretty enjoyable, as I could see what being a sub-editor is like.
Dariusz Pytiak, 6th Form Student, Stanground Academy,Peterborough
Sally’s presentation included the basics of what we need to know about Journalism. She explained everything really well, so kids my age could understand. When the presentation was over we had time for quick questions, she answered all of them, making everyone satisfied with her overall presentation.
Sally started off with explaining what Journalism is all about, for those of us that didn’t know. Next she continued with telling us what she did in her job and her previous experiences, followed by showing us some of her articles and telling us stories about them. Before questions, she told us what we could start doing if we wanted to become Journalists.
Overall I found Sally’s presentation interesting and educating. At the beginning of her presentation, I knew nothing about Journalism, but now I know enough to do a project on it. Thank you Sally!
Ellie Piccaver, Aged 13, Jack Hunt School, Peterborough.
A professional and engaging facilitator, relevant and well prepared resources, and a challenging, inspirational day. The pupils gained a unique insight into the competitive yet rewarding world of print journalism. Thank you so much!
Claire Rawes, Casterton Business & Enterprise College.
Our students were really enthused by their experiences with Sally. They fully engaged with the workshop and can’t stop talking about it.
David Marples, Subject Leader in English, The Deepings School, Lincolnshire
Sally’s well prepared and challenging activities offered the students a real insight into the world of the journalist. It was an enjoyable and productive day for everyone involved.
Carol Durrans, Stanground Academy, Peterborough
I learnt so much about writing and interviewing people.
It was brilliant, really good fun and enjoyable.
Year 8 student, Henrietta Barnett, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London.
It was really fun writing a newspaper report and I enjoyed typing it up and writing what people said, and it was really interesting.
Year 8 student, Castle Rock High School, Coalville, Leics.
I thought it was kind of inspiring because we practised interviewing people and writing our ideas. Then we made them into an opening paragraph.
Sofia (Year 4)
I liked it when you came to our school because I wrote lots of paragraphs and had to make them into small sentences with four facts about the news story. This helped me to make my sentences shorter as this something I need to work on.
Komal (Year 4)
It gave me an insight into a journalist’s life and the challenges they face every day.
IO, Secondary School Student
I now know that being a journalist is challenging but has surprises every day.
AW, Secondary School Student
I learnt about different aspects of journalism, and had a brilliant time.
WA, Secondary School Student
After the workshop, I have considered becoming a journalist.
TB, Secondary School Student