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Break-in at primary school helps teach pupils journalism and reporting skills

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 24, 2013

Pictured: Holly Browne, Kaitlin Ecclleston, Ellie Pegg, Mitchell Porter and Peter Walford.

Pictured: Holly Browne, Kaitlin Ecclleston, Ellie Pegg, Mitchell Porter and Peter Walford.

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PUPILS have been learning about how to be investigative journalists by helping to solve a 'break-in' at their school.

Year five and six pupils at St Werburgh's Primary School in Kingsley have been studying journalism for the past five weeks and had the perfect opportunity to hone their newly acquired reporting skills after a breakin took place at the school over the weekend and one of the classrooms was ransacked.

The whole thing was of course staged by Matthew Stanlake, the school's assistant headteacher, which was revealed to the pupils before the school day was out, but not before they had the chance to fully investigate the incident, with the help of local police and the local press, including our very own reporter Abbey Buxton, who went along to St Werburgh's to 'report' on the break-in and also took part in a question and answer session with the pupils and asked them what their thoughts were on the break-in.

Mr Stanlake said: "The pupils have been exploring all aspects of journalism and we pulled it altogether through this. The children had to report on what happened with a written report and TV broadcast and we reassured them that it was staged at the end of the day.

"We are trying to equip the pupils with skills for life, and writing, journalism in particular, is an area where there is so much scope for learning, as there is such a wide variety of mediums including online, broadcast and newspapers, it also gets them interested in current affairs.""

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