On Thursday, March 27, two Millais girls headed to the BBC in London as part of the BBC News School Report initiative. More than 30,000 young people from 1000 schools across the Country participated this year with many budding journalists wanting to put questions to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.
The students persuaded Education Secretary Michael Gove to pose for a “selfie” with them at the end of an interview for BBC School Report News Day.
Lara Fuller (15) and Annabelle Goldsmith (14) had previously recorded a short video of questions that they wanted to put to Michael Gove and sent it to the BBC. As a consequence, the girls were invited as two of only twelve students to the Department of Education to actually put their questions to him.
The girls arrived at Broadcasting House at 8:30 on the day and spent the morning with Fiona Bruce perfecting their questions, having a tour of the BBC Newsroom as well as being filmed presenting a short piece for the One Show.
After lunch at the BBC the students were taken to the Department for Education in Westminster where they had the opportunity to actually tackle Michael Gove on film about his policies and plans for education.
Annabelle said: “It was a really fun day and everybody was really nice. It was a fantastic to work with the BBC and have the opportunity to challenge Michael Gove about matters that affect young people”. She continued: “I don’t actually agree with many of his plans for the future of education but it was good of him to listen to our points of view and I hope that he will think about what we said”.
Laura said: “It was a great opportunity to see behind the scenes at the BBC and to be a part of it. We were very fortunate to be able to work with Fiona Bruce and have the unique experience of interviewing a Government Minister. A lasting memory for me will be when I asked Mr Gove if we could have a selfie with him. He agreed and I think it shows that even politicians have a sense of Humour. On the day we saw Michael Gove the Politician and Michael Gove the person”.
Andy Skinner the Millais School Enrichment and Community Awareness Co-ordinator concluded: “The girls are two of a group of twenty six Millais students who are all working on a variety of news stories and they have all gained so much from their involvement during whole BBC News School Report experience. I have watched their confidence grow over the weeks and was impressed at how quickly Laura and Annabelle adapted to the additional pressures in London”.