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Citizenship Days

At North Birmingham Academy, we believe that educating our students extends beyond the curriculum and involves developing social, personal and communication skills. To support this we hold a ‘Citizenship Day’ for each year group. The aim of our Citizenship Days are to enable students to experience different types of activities that would not be accessible in normal lessons. Over the day, students will meet with eight different external agencies allowing a range of topics to be covered. Activities provided cover a range of aims such as:

  • Informing students of various Citizenship issues such as: finances, health and wellbeing and sexual relationships
  • To develop students maturity and understanding about a range of lifestyle issues
  • To invite professional agencies into the Academy to work with our young students
  • Students will have the opportunity to talk confidentially to professionals about any issues they may be facing

NBA in the news

Following the success of the Academy last year NBA was delighted to take part in the national literacy scheme; BBC School report Programme, earlier this year. This event saw seven of our most talented and creative Year 9 students develop their reporting skills as they received specialist training and master classes , from two of the top professional BBC new reporters.

This innovative literacy scheme provides 11-16 year olds with the opportunity to create and star in their own News Day presentations followed by the chance to broadcast it to a live audience. In March, two BBC News Reporters visited the Academy, sharing their expert knowledge and guidance with our students. Using resources and materials from the BBC website, and with the support of the BBC staff, students were able to develop their journalistic skills in the aim of becoming fully established School Reporters.

Our Year 9 students have created a stunning array of video, audio and text-based school news reports, which have showcased the talent of the students involved.

BBC News presenter and former teacher, Huw Edwards, is working on School Report and stated: “Over the years I've run many journalism workshops in schools. So I've seen how much fun it can be and how much can be learnt when there are real deadlines, real audiences and real standards to meet. I want to give young people the chance to make the news themselves, and to share the principles of good journalism.”