Schoolchildren in Leeds can make the headlines with YEP reading scheme

Children from Kippax Ash Tree Primary School taking part in last year's reading scheme.
Children from Kippax Ash Tree Primary School taking part in last year's reading scheme.

Read all about it – schoolchildren in Leeds have got the chance to create some headlines of their own in the city’s classrooms.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with The NEWS Foundation to launch an innovative reading scheme called Make The News 2017.

Each child in classes that register for the project will receive an activity book packed with ideas that aim to develop literacy skills.

They will also get a copy of the YEP each week for six weeks as they learn how news is gathered and papers are put together. Some of the participating classes will feature in the YEP.

And, on top of that, pupils will be asked to design their own front pages for a competition that will see the winning school receiving a visit from a Leeds United player.

“This project is a fantastic introduction to the world of news for young people,” said YEP editor Hannah Thaxter.

“It shows how journalists work to find out what’s happening and pass on that information to other people.

“Youngsters seem to love the idea of being reporters and are so creative.

“I can’t wait to see what front page designs they come up with.”

Make The News 2017 is being run with Leeds City Council and Child Friendly Leeds and costs just £2 per pupil.

Places are strictly limited to the first 30 classes to register and multiple classes can sign up from the same school.

The scheme follows the success of two similar projects that were run by the YEP with The NEWS Foundation in 2015 and 2016, Reading Passport and Let’s Read: LEEDS.

To get involved, e-mail george@news-foundation.com with the subject line The Yorkshire Evening Post Make The News 2017.

The deadline for registrations is Monday, October 23.

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