Education & Family

School Report planning diary

School Reporters at Hounsdown School look at their pictures
Image caption Planning stories in advance gives you plenty of time to edit your material

Not all BBC news stories are created from scratch on the day they are broadcast - and yours don't have to be either.

Some stories appear out of the blue, but many are the result of forward planning and careful preparation.

Every newsroom has a diary to help plan for what is coming up and make plans. Preparation allows you to do your research, contact potential interviewees and polish your script and story.

This page will be updated throughout the year, so keep checking to see what's coming up.

And remember: there will be other local events going on in your area, so don't miss out on the chance to report!

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JANUARY 2012

19 January: 3rd School Report practice News Day

27 January:Holocaust Memorial Day, nationwide

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FEBRUARY 2012

4 February - 17 March:Six Nations, nationwide

7 February: Safer Internet Day, nationwide

9 February: 4th School Report practice News Day

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MARCH 2012

1 March: St David's Day, Wales

3-4 March: Music Nation, nationwide

5-9 March: National Careers Week 2012

8 March: International Women's Day, nationwide

8 March: The Queen's makes her first visit as she starts her UK tour for the Diamond Jubilee

9-18 March: National Science and Engineering Week

12 March:Commonwealth Day, nationwide

12-18 March: Waste Week 2012, nationwide

13-16 March: Chelthenham Racing Festival

14 March: No Smoking Day

15 March: School Report News Day

15-17 March: The Big Bang Fair (UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair)

17 March: St Patrick's Day, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

21 March: Budget Day, Chancellor makes his Budget statement to the House of Commons

23-25 March: Sport Relief, nationwide

Read School Report's guide to reporting Sport Relief stories

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APRIL 2012

18 April: 100 days to start of Olympic Games

23 April: St George's Day, England

23 April - 9 September: World Shakespeare Festival, nationwide

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MAY 2012

18 May - 27 July: Torch Relay, nationwide

21 May: 100 days to start of Paralympic Games

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JUNE 2012

2-5 June:Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, nationwide

9 June - 1 July: Euro 2012, Poland and Ukraine

21 June - 9 September:Festival 2012, nationwide

23-24 June: Radio 1's Hackney Weekender, London

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JULY 2012

27 July - 12 August: Olympic Games, London and other venues

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AUGUST 2012

24-29 August:Paralympic Torch Relay, nationwide

29 August - 9 September:Paralympic Games, London and other venues

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