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Changes afoot for BBC Outreach
The big news for BBC Outreach is that we’ve completed the move to Salford and are now based in the BBC’s new home at MediaCityUK. There are also teams in Newcastle, London and Bristol.
As a result of the move, it was with some sadness that we said goodbye to Alec McGivan, who was Head of BBC Outreach for six years. Diane Reid, Group Manager, BBC North, takes over as Head of the Department and we’re looking forward to big plans ahead.
Find out more about BBC Outreach on our website or by reading our blog.


School's Reporting
From punks to policemen, Boris to budgets, School Reporters covered a huge range of stories for the seventh annual News Day. School Report is the BBC project which sees secondary school students around the UK creating their own news reports. More than 33,000 pupils took part in News Day on 21st March, all working to the same 2pm deadline as they covered the stories which mattered to them.
Visit the School Report website for more reports.

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Inspiring Proms
Now in its 15th year, the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition is the Festival’s search for the nation’s brightest young composers. The deadline for entries is 27 May and winning and highly commended entries will be performed as part of the BBC Proms in 2013. For more details on the competition please click here.
The scheme’s acclaimed Inspire Sessions have been taking place across the country since February. They were free and offered young composers, aged 12-18, the opportunity to work alongside leading composers and professional orchestral musicians from the BBC’s six performing groups in a day of music-making, exploration and discovery.


Ugly Duckling Blooms
Over Easter, Mr Bloom (aka Ben Faulks) and Northern Ballet took a wildlife adventure bringing the story of the Ugly Duckling to life through a combination of narration and dance.
Some of the Tiddlers (young helpers from his regular show) joined Mr Bloom on stage in Leeds to help tell the story, which was intercut with dance sequences performed by the Northern Ballet which were created to encourage the audience at home to join in with the moves.
The fairytale adventure tells the story of a baby bird who doesn't know what animal she is when she is born. Her journey of discovery brings her encounters with frogs, cats and a fox before she realizes that she is in fact a swan!

  Dancers performing in the Ugly Duckling for CBeebies  
  People creating the BBC Media Action radio drama, Life in Lulu  

Life in Lulu
BBC Media Action has launched a radio drama, Life in Lulu, to tackle high rates of mother and child deaths in South Sudan. Broadcast on 16 partner stations nationally, the programme creatively explores health issues in a country where a 15-year-old girl has a greater chance of dying in childbirth than of finishing school.
Life in Lulu is just one part of BBC Media Action’s wider work to provide impartial and timely information on health to some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised populations. We use a range of formats including radio listening groups, TV drama, mobile phone content and street theatre to get crucial information to those who need it most.
View 30 second films on the difference that media can make around the world.

  Performers at the recent BBC Performing Arts Fund event, with the Fund's logo  

Performing the decade
The BBC Performing Arts Fund celebrated its 10th birthday in March with an evening of performances in the BBC Philharmonic Studio, Salford . Since 2003, the Fund has awarded £4million in grants to over 1,200 individuals and 230 community groups for projects that have raised aspirations, supported emerging talent and increased community participation in the performing arts.
Presented by Radio 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs, the evening showcased winners of the Fund, with performances from acts including Music Fellow Alex Wilson, a contemporary classical jazz pianist, and The Fireflies, a 50 strong ladies choir and recipient of a Community Music grant.
Find out more about the Fund and sign up to their newsletter.


Opening orchestral doors
Open Orchestra, a new initiative developed in partnership by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Drake Music, the Royal College of Music and the Tri-Borough Music Hub, and bringing together children from special needs and other primary schools, sees its first project culminate in an interactive schools concert on Wednesday 22nd May at St Paul’s Hammersmith.
The concert will bring together an audience of over 300 pupils, teachers and parents from special needs and mainstream primary schools for a fully inclusive and interactive event featuring the full force of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and repertoire by John Williams, Sibelius and Jonathan Dove as well as visuals, filming and audience participation.
The orchestra will also be joined by around 80 pupils and teachers to perform a new work combining assistive music technology and traditional instruments, created by the participants in a series of workshops over the past academic year.


On the road again
BBC Bristol volunteers helped provide over 120 workshops for local school children as part of the Talent Ticket road show. 2,000 school children took part in workshops that included natural history, news and sport, make-up. The two-week road show, organised by BBC Outreach, was designed to inspire 14-15 year olds to consider a career in the media.
Staff involved in the road-show say getting out of the office and meeting teenagers from estates across Bristol has given them new programme ideas an insight into an often difficult-to-reach audience group.

  A student creating a model during a Talent Ticket workshop  

Extending the offer
Last month, the most recent intake on the Extend scheme finished their 6 month placements - with 70% staying on in employment.
Extend is our award-winning specialised work placement scheme which offers appropriately qualified people with disabilities an opportunity for paid work on placements across the BBC. All placements are paid at a fixed salary of £19,000 pro rata (plus London weighting for London based positions) and are centrally funded.
The scheme aims to find talented disabled people with a passion to work within the media industry, offering a variety of positions and in all areas across the UK.
We’ll be recruiting for next year’s scheme later in the year, details will be on our website website.


Working together for a more sustainable broadcasting industry
In March, academic and broadcast industry representatives met in New Broadcasting House, London for a BBC-hosted conference. The aim was to understand better how the digital media industry can affect the environment and share ownership in minimising its impact.
Academic insights included focusing on the biggest environmental impacts to make the biggest differences, and the environmental impact of online media consumption. There was also agreement that industry collaboration was crucial, with a shared understanding of what ‘sustainability’ means for digital broadcasting, beyond for example targets for recycling or CO2 emissions.
It was encouraging to see big global names alongside small businesses, broadcasters and others engaged in the challenges of a more sustainable broadcast industry. Learn more about our Sustainability work online.

  Students taking part in a BBC Outreach project on the Eastenders set  

All in a day
The BBC Outreach Programme Maker for a Day scheme offers one day workshops to young people from diverse backgrounds who are interested in learning about making BBC programmes. Each workshop is created with the production team of a particular BBC programme, and the 10-12 young participants learn about what is involved in making the programme before creating their own five minute version. Programmes that have taken part so far include Eastenders, Match of the Day and the Daily Politics. Many of the young people have been particularly interested to find that presenters don’t just turn up as the cameras start rolling and read out a script!
Watch some of the films on the BBC Outreach YouTube channel.

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