Tooting MP, and former Ernest Bevin pupil, Sadiq Khan, answered students’ questions about food banks in Wandsworth

BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. The students learn about framing the perfect shot, camera angles, interview techniques and what makes a good news story.

Students at Ernest Bevin take part in the project as an extra-curricular activity, during lunch times and after school. The students contacted Sadiq in February to ask if they could interview him in Parliament as part of the BBC project and Sadiq was pleased to accept.

The eight Year 9 students questioned Sadiq about the food bank due to open in Wandsworth in May this year; asking why it was needed in the twenty-first century and what could be done to encourage local people to donate to the food bank. The boys also asked important questions about literacy levels amongst teenagers, and the use of modern technology in schools.

After interviewing their local MP, the eight students were given a tour of Parliament and listened to a debate in the House of Commons.

Once edited, the interview will be shown on the Ernest Bevin website as part of a News Day on 21st March.


Sadiq said,

“It was a real pleasure to welcome students from my old school to Parliament this week.

“BBC News School Report is a really inspiring project and it was great to see students taking such an interest in current affairs.

“I was incredibly impressed by the questions the boys asked. I enjoyed the interview and can’t wait to see the finished result!”

You can view the final interviews here.

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