Conisborough College and the Budget
Students worked up to the last minute to stay abreast of current affairs for the 2013 BBC School News Report.
The team, made up of Year 8 and 9 students, interviewed local diplomats and a representative of the Office of Budget Responsibility.
On Thursday 28 February our news-team: Jayquarn, Joshua, Kamisha, Lailat, Leah, Leonie, Lucy and Yamina - were briefed on the Spring Budget that was announced on Wednesday 20 March.
With less than a month to complete the report, the team immediately began research into how The Budget was produced and how it was likely to impact their school community and local borough.
It was quickly decided that the most accurate information would be gleaned from an individual working closely with The Chancellor of The Exchequer and HM Treasury. A meeting was arranged with Tom Josephs - Head of Staff at The Office of Budget Responsibility, who was very accommodating considering this would be his “busiest month of the year”.
His subsequent visit to our college was very informative and the students reciprocated the enthusiasm he showed in explaining the intricacies of supplying the government with the facts and figures on which The Budget is based.
Additional help was drafted in the form of Ace, DJ and presenter of a popular Sunday evening show on BBC Radio 1Xtra. He assisted students in preparing interview questions and gave plenty of tips for getting the best out of the guests.
This created a buzz within the news room and inspired several other students - Joel, Kai and Louis - to write and produce a song about the issues faced by young people across the country in light of the changes in government spending. This was informed by interviews with Kwadwo Kankam - Deputy Young Mayor of Lewisham and Olaitan Odubiyi - Head Boy of Conisborough College.
Producing this year’s report required a great deal of hard work and focus. Students gained a great deal of insight into the way our country’s finances are managed and even employed some of the tactics used by ministers in sharing information and working together towards a common goal.
After viewing the report Ms Shrubb - Marketing & Promotions at Conisborough College, remarked on how well the students had worked. "It is obvious the hard work that has gone into this project, the news report is current and professional - well done".
A big ‘Thank you’ to everyone involved!
Mr D. Rowe, Mr T. Higgins and Mr M. Lloyd
Click here to see last year's report