Other Subjects: English - Media Leader

Select a group of students to act as media leaders who will promote Rugby's core values whilst improving their - and others' - literacy skills.

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Other Subjects: English - Media Leader

Delivery idea

Select a group of students to act as media leaders who will promote Rugby's core values whilst improving their - and others' - literacy skills. The students should collaborate with the PE and English faculties to support improved literacy across the whole school. (Where they exist, this could link to sports leaders and literacy leaders programmes.)

The media team should include relevant members of staff who will facilitate the students' efforts. Preferably, there should be a mix of students in terms of sex, age, ability and interest, although a focus group might be C/D borderline in English or disengaged students. The team should aim to use a range of media involving speaking, listening, writing, reading and watching to maximise their skill development. Allow the students to display their work in a public domain.

How to do it

Students should be encouraged to research and produce different types of media coverage of the Rugby World Cup, including match commentaries, match reports, news reports, photographs, videos, interviews, posters, displays, newsletters, web pages and fact sheets. These can be shared with other students through classroom posters, noticeboards, school newsletter, school website, VLE and, where appropriate, through local sports or media partners.

Potential media leaders could be identified from a whole school cross-curricular day on the Rugby World Cup. Regular project meetings, facilitated by staff, will ensure actions are followed through and students' motivation maintained. A media competition, perhaps judged by local media partners or a local Rugby 'celebrity', could also help to motivate the students. Use Rugby World Cup 2015 or England Rugby branded prizes or agree rewards with local media partners or Rugby clubs.

When/ where to use it

The project could be introduced in the build up to Rugby World Cup 2015 and continued during the event so students can learn from professional media coverage. Staff could link signature moments to the school calendar to maximise opportunities to promote the project and/or the students' work.

Top tips

  • Link the project to existing leadership programmes, either in sport (sports leaders, Young Ambassadors) or in other subjects.
  • Work with the School Games organisers to promote and extend the project across clusters of schools.
  • Link the media leaders to local school sport clubs and competitions too.

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