BBC School Report

Are you tired of seeing the same tedious style of news reporting? Paragraph after paragraph about Brexit? If so, look no further for a unique and original perspective on News Reporting. Enthusiastic, excited and keen to report on their findings, the Sutton Community Academy BBC News Report Team has updates for you below!

BBC Reality Check – Homework


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School Report – Technology


People use their phones in their everyday lives and have access to all social media websites. They use social media to talk to their friends and family also to have fun. Unfortunately, not everyone is safe whilst using social media. Read on to find out more.

Do you feel worried that someone could break into your account and potentially steal your personal information? If so, we are exploring how we can help keep you safe online. Some ways people do not stay safe online include:

  • Phone numbers on accounts
  • People’s house addresses
  • People’s email addresses
  • Sharing full names with strangers
  • People sharing their school name on their account

We have completed a survey about privacy on your phones and how secure you feel.

The first question we asked was ‘Do you have a social media account not on private?’ These are the results.

So according to our research here, 49% of 53 year 7 students have an account that is not on private meaning that anyone can see their posts and shares however, 51% of the year 7 students said that their accounts are on private meaning only people they accept can see their posts and shares. We recommend always having your account on private.

The other question was ‘Do you tell anyone your password?’ These are the results.

So according to the results we have gathered here, 36% of year 7 students out of 53 said that they shared their passwords with other people. This can be an issue as if your password is shared to anyone, they can see all of your personal information and can text your friends and family things you may not want them to see. 64% of pupils said that they don’t share their passwords with anyone meaning that they won’t have people on their accounts. We suggest that you never share passwords to make sure that you are always safe on social media.

On a regular occurrence, the general public has to update their technological devices. How would you feel if you saw your information was leaked by someone because you didn’t read what you was agreeing to? It is proven that not a lot of people actually read the terms and conditions so they could miss out some important information. An anonymous person, from our school, said that because they didn’t read the terms and conditions, he had to put up with constant emails showing him personal information that was kept on his device. Due to this, he had to buy a new phone with savings to avoid being harassed by companies contacting him for sales. Don’t be like him, read the terms and conditions.

We asked students around the school if they read the terms and conditions before updating their products.

Our research suggests that 67% of the people that we asked said that they do not read the terms and conditions. This means that they could agree to anything without being aware of it. This could include personal information being given away! If you start reading the terms and conditions now, you could save yourself from possible evil consequences.

In conclusion, it is clear that our research shows that people aren’t safe online and you must always have your accounts on private to stop people you don’t know from seeing your posts. If you get a new update on your phone, we insist you read the terms and conditions before installing it so you don’t unintentionally let your personal information be exposed to wherever the update is coming from. If you use social media, you should never give out your password to other people except your parents or guardians as people could do things on your account you may not want them to.

By Ryan, Bradley, Jack and Finlay

School Report – LGBT

LGBT – Equality or Education?

Its 2018 and LGBT is no mystery to the world, however there is still many homophobic, transphobic and biphobic bullying spread throughout the UK. Despite this, LGBT has amazingly spread across to plenty of schools, and children are being given the chance to learn about such matters. Also, there have been many surveys on the progress of LGBT and there have been findings on the increase of bullying in schools especially.

What is LGBT?

L: Lesbian
G: Gay
B: Bisexual
T: Transgender

Should LGBT be recognised in schools?

There have been recent debates on the matter of LGBT being recognised in schools, many are saying that LGBT does matter and should be spread however, there is also the opinion of LGBT staying silent for those of that age. An LGBT follower in our school stated ‘It is important love shouldn’t be judged because of who said person is with.’ There have been many supporters of this statement and the matter is yet to be decided in our school.

Is LGBT bullying becoming a serious situation?

Recent studies have revealed that LGBT bullying has been becoming a more serious matter in the UK and people are determining whether it should be stood up to. A website by the name of stonewall made a survey by the name of school report (2017) and it revealed:

  • Nearly half of LGBT pupils (nearly 45%) including 64% of Trans pupils are bullied for being LGBT in Britain’s schools. This is down from 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bi pupils who experienced bullying because of their sexual orientation in 2012 and 65 per cent in 2007.
  • Half of LGBT pupils hear homophobic slurs ‘frequently’ or ‘often’ at school, down from seven in 10 in 2012.
  • Seven in 10 LGBT pupils report that their school says that homophobic and biphobic bullying is wrong, up from half in 2012 and a quarter in 2007. However, just two in five LGBT pupils report that their schools say that transphobic bullying is wrong.
  • Just one in five LGBT pupils have been taught about safe sex in relation to same-sex relationships.
  • More than four in five trans young people have self-harmed, as have three in five lesbian, gay and bi young people who aren’t trans.
  • More than two in five trans young people have attempted to take their own life, and one in five lesbian, gay and bi students who aren’t trans have done the same.

(Source: [Accessed 15th March])

Many people are critiqued for their sexuality; this bullying can led to feeling very down and upset. How would you feel if you were bullied because of who you like?
A survey of 23 people at Sutton Community Academy revealed some more results both similar and different to the previous.

Overall, LGBT should be more recognized throughout the UK and we must try to prevent bullying as it has become a more serious matter. These results show most agree that LGBT is important to understand and should be something everyone is aware of. Furthermore is also reveals that there is a lot of LGBT bullying. This is significant because it shows we need to raise an awareness on LGBT bullying and stand up to it. Lastly, it displays the likeness of it becoming a topic for schools across the UK.

Remember, never judge or bully someone because of their sexuality.

By Frankie, Porsche and LJ

School Report – Social Media and Cyber Bullying

Is cyberbullying on social media destroying your life?

Due to the rise in cyberbullying online, we decided to report on whether this was having an effect on how people viewed social media? We also wanted to see if our teachers and pupils understand how bad cyberbullying has become. Have you ever been bullied online? We spoke to a girl at Sutton Community Academy and she explained how cyberbullying lead her to feel isolated and upset. You can stop other people like her from feeling like this.

Main ways people are cyberbullied online include:

  • Offensive comments
  • Rude photos
  • Little arguments
  • Name calling

In order to look into this issue further we interviewed a teachers and pupils at Sutton Community Academy. We asked them questions about social media and cyberbullying.

Here are some of our results:

Our results have shown us that a lot of people use social media and are aware of cyberbullying. Our results have shown that cyberbullying is very common as nearly 100% said that it’s common. 55% think it needs improvements 70% said it’s easy to use, 30% said that it’s not. Most people really enjoy using social media but only a few don’t.

We want everyone to be safe on social media, since social media is made for entertainment purposes, however cyberbullies DO exist. People should be able to go on social media and feel safe. But at the moment that is not the case. Nearly a hundred present of people in Sutton Community Academy think cyberbullying is common and they are not wrong.

Key ways to make people feel fantastic online are to compliment them, be kind to them, like their pictures etc. and if you do not like something, you must keep it to yourself.

By Rhianna, Samara and Lola

School Report – Homework

How much is too much homework?

Does Homework actually help you or is it just something teachers do to make pupils unhappy?

This question is asked by many students at our school and we are here to answer it. Whilst working with the BBC they showed us that homework is worth the time and could greatly improve your later and near life. With every piece of homework you learn one more new thing; even if you have learnt it in class. Another thing is that homework is a very good way to prepare you for your GCSE’s because homework is revision. One of the biggest things for anybody in their adult life is whether they will do well and get money; homework can prepare you for this.
Do we get too much homework as pupils? We interviewed 204 students and 31% stated no and 59% stated yes. It has been proven that the more homework students receive, can lead to more stress which can lead to anxiety. Due to students being stressed, they won’t be able to revise or concentrate. Therefore, they have a less of a chance at reaching their GCSE grades. As a consequence, students may not get the job they wish to have. However, if students don’t get any homework at all, this is a higher chance they will fail their GCSE’s. Therefore, homework should be given out but only in small pieces.

This chart shows out of 204 students that 69% believe that we get to much homework and 31% don’t showing that they don’t want as much and should get less.
It has been scientifically proven that homework can cause stress, insomnia and depression. Here’s how… teachers give out homework for each of their lessons that could easily total up to five pieces a night sometimes due in for the next day, this means students stay up all night which can lead to all kinds of health problems. Adults also have a role within horrendous homework having to help their children. Imagine getting home from a long day at work just to do more work! Studies have shown some students are not even eating normally instead they are just snacking this could lead to a major weight loss.

Be smart, ban homework

By Thomas, Kyra and Lauren



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