Journalism for Schools spent the day in Sleaford with a huge group of 260 year 8 students.
There weren’t enough computers to go round so we had written a bespoke workshop which involved writing the old fashioned way – with lots of lined paper and a pen.
The highlight of the day was the announcement that Jessie J was coming to town (not really …) and that our budding reporters had a rare five minute chance to go backstage with Jessie. They had to think of questions to ask her to make their newspaper story unique and interesting. They all rose to the challenge and some of the questions would have been fit for a journalist from a well-known music magazine. I knew a couple of Jessie J songs but by the end of this section I knew loads more! The children impressed us with their creativity – using song lyrics in headlines and the body of the article.
Despite the enormous number of children, I can honestly say that this was the most well-behaved group I’ve ever worked with. Well done St George’s Academy – you are a credit to your teachers and headteacher.