BBC political journalist, Nina Warhurst and independent producer/director Michael Wray, have visited The Prescot School in Liverpool to celebrate schools across the country participating in the Big Spotacular, the schools fundraising campaign by Lloyds Bank and BBC Children in Need.
The Prescot School was one of just 10 secondary schools nationwide to win a BBC Children in Need media workshop having been one of the first to sign up for a free Big Spotacular charity fundraising kit.
Following its success in 2016, this year the Big Spotacular fundraising campaign is back and encouraging school children and teachers across the UK to go spotty for BBC Children in Need.
In the weeks leading up to the Appeal Night children and teachers are dressing in spots, selling spotty cakes and goods and taking part in spotty themed sponsored challenges to raise money.
Wray, who has been working with BBC Children in Need for over five years, visited the school with Warhurst to deliver a practical workshop for the children to show what is involved in creating a news report.
Speaking of the media workshop Wray said: “We wanted students to understand that anyone can report on the news and that they already have all the tools and talent they need to be successful in this field.
At the start of the media session we explained how to create a news report before splitting the students into groups and asking them to create their own stories.
We gave them autonomy to choose the topics they wanted to report on and use their journalistic and team working skills and imagination to research, film, edit and produce their own news reports.
Many of the students said they were really inspired by the sessions and keen to learn more about careers in the media industry.”
Busy Bees Nursery and Little Finger Prints Nursery in Liverpool also received a Pudsey picnic hamper to allow them to host their very own BBC Children in Need Pudsey picnic for being one of the first nurseries to sign up for a free Big Spotacular fundraising pack.
Tanya Rabin, BBC Children in Need Partnership Lead at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “Our partnership with BBC Children in Need continues to produce fantastic results, and we have been so inspired by the brilliant fundraising happening in schools across the country.
“The BBC Children in Need Media Workshops and are our way of giving a little back to the children that have contributed so much to this fundraising success and to continue to drive skills development in the classroom.
“Through our unique role as exclusive schools partner we are thrilled to be able to make a huge difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.
The partnership has played an important part of the Group’s Helping Britain Prosper Plan, helping tackle disadvantage and improving young people’s lives for the better.”