Teachers at Palatine Sports College are actively encouraging their pupils to be glued to televisions in school.
The school has launched a successful television news bulletin to share students and community news with the staff and student body.
‘P TV’ has a dedicated team of news writers and readers who compile stories and reports throughout the week to be broadcast during Monday morning form times, improving their literacy, self confidence and skills.
Newsreader Kyle Murphy, 16, said: “It gets messages across to students and we can talk about current issues.
“It’s a chance for students to get involved and feel a part of the school community, I think that’s important.
“We get involved with the school council, talk about exams, events for charity and productions – there’s always something going on.”
The teaching staff behind the news, including ICT staff who expertly edit the footage, wanted to offer pupils another way to connect with schools news as well as learn skills.
David Milroy, extended services manager at the school on St Annes Road, Blackpool, said: “It’s not just about school news but also praising individual pupils and sharing community news.”
Alicia Myerscough, 16, said: “I find the news interesting, it’s fun to do the broadcasts.
“I think it’s important to let people know what’s going on. We say what’s been happening in the past week to let people know what’s been going on so they can take part.”
Alicia is one of a number of students who works on the team as a newsreader.
She added: “It helps my confidence.”
Enhancing children’s confidence in themselves and their own abilities is just one of the many benefits of the news bulletins, said David Milroy.
He said: “For the older ones they’re seen as role models and if they want to go into film or media it’s a great experience for them.
“And with the younger ones they gain that confidence and improve their literacy.”
Year 11 pupil Kyle said: “It’s a great experience. I wanted to be a role model in school.”
Mr Milroy added: “We needed a stronger, more positive way to communicate around school and really liked the idea of communicating to pupils on televisions.”
Kyle said: “Through this our school community can become more well known and get rid of any pre-conceptions.
“We’re showing there’s more to the school.”