BBC Schools Tour inspires students

Trinity students from Years 8, 9 and 10 were introduced to several visitors from the BBC last week as part of their BBC Bitesize Schools Tour.

The sessions featured a panel of professionals from the arts and creative industries, with the aim of giving students an insight into career and job opportunities available in the worlds of architecture, advertising, games, fashion, arts and culture, music, TV and film, and design.

The visit coincided with the national BBC News Day, which a small group of the academy’s students were also taking part in. The following report was written by Trinity school reporter Madeleine Taylor from Year 10.

Trinity’s guests for the day were Kim Boak, a producer for BBC Bitesize; Dan Tunstall, a self-employed lighting technician and Christian Carlisle, a presenter at BBC Radio Sheffield. The event was hosted by radio presenter and DJ Sarah Story, who shared her experiences with the students and interviewed the rest of the panel.

The visit provided an inspiring insight into the world of media, and emphasised the diversity of careers available to students in the future. Year 10 student Antonia Edwards said afterwards: “I thought it was interesting and would definitely consider a career in the creative industries now.”

The guests each shared their individual stories, which highlighted just how many different paths there are into the world of work, and gave a brief idea of what their jobs are.

Throughout the session the visitors gave advice, in particular discussing how to be more confident, which our young people found to be a very relevant topic.

They also used media clips which were lively and engaging – and students were impressed by Dan Tunstall’s first-hand experience of working on Lewis Capaldi’s latest music video ‘Someone You Loved’ which is currently number one in the charts. The session finished with a range of questions from students.

Before leaving, the visitors encouraged students to get involved, leaving them with the idea that everyone has the ability to work in their industry, since more creative jobs are being created all the time.

The visit was an incredible opportunity and will undoubtedly inspire students to strive for the future they want.

For more news reports from BBC News Day, click here.