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Young reporters hold their own news conference at Mereside Primary School.
Young reporters hold their own news conference at Mereside Primary School.
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WITH the new school term comes a new school paper for a group of Blackpool children.

Roving reporters have been chasing down leads around Mereside Primary School.

Pupils have set up the newspaper to try their hand at journalism as part of an enterprise scheme led by teachers and businessmen.

The youngsters will be working on The Mereside Gazette to share their news with the school community.

Head Boy Ellis Lavery, 10, said: “The newspaper will help school life as it tells everyone what’s happening in school so they know about events and important things.”

Ellis is part of a team of keen reporters being paid for their efforts with ‘Mereside Millions’, a currency children can save and bank to pay for items in the school shop.

Teachers hope benefits of the scheme will be far more than just tokens though, seeing children learn work skills and improve their reading and writing as part of the enterprise scheme.

Tom Sale, year five teacher at the school, said: “The newspaper will allow children to write for an audience, a key skill needed to become proficient writers.”

Mr Sale already encourages schoolchildren to share their news and work with one another in their class blogs on the school’s website.

Sarah Coldbeck, deputy headteacher at the school, who is setting up the newspaper, said: “We are developing enterprise in school and are setting up job roles the children can apply for and earn a wage to buy items in a school shop.”

The wider enterprise scheme invites children to take on jobs in school to enhance future careers.

Other roles children can apply for include being a librarian, banker or tuck shop monitor.

The newspaper team are hoping to go to print in the new year and will be headed by its own editor, Luke Duffy, 10.

He said: “The newspaper will help to encourage reading amongst other children.”

Teachers have said they are pleased to have a local businessman, Paul Freeman, helping their enterprise scheme and sourcing sponsors for the newspaper.