Local schoolchildren make live TV

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A pupil gets to grips with the equipment

Local 10-year-olds have been busy working in front of the camera and behind the scenes to make live TV shows at the University of Portsmouth, which will be broadcast at a special screening event next month.

Organised by the University’s UP for Juniors scheme, the TV workshops allowed nearly 40 schoolchildren to assume the roles of directors, producers, floor managers, presenters and vision mixers.

Pupils from ARK Dickens, Arundel Court, Gatcombe Park, Woodcroft and Orchard Lea junior schools attended the workshops across three days, which were delivered in partnership with the media production team from the University’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

The workshops were part of UP for Juniors’ anniversary celebrations, as this year marks the tenth year the scheme – which promotes university education to thousands of youngsters across Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire – has been running.

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Pupils learn in the University’s White Swan Building

Nikki Chester, Education Liaison and Outreach Officer, said: “The children had real hands-on experiences using industry-ready equipment; nothing was off-limits! They learnt their roles quickly and were very professional in the making of the show. Everyone involved, children and staff, had a brilliant time.”

Children, parents and guests will be able to watch the TV shows next month at a screening event in Eldon Building.

Since it began in January 2006, UP for Juniors has worked with over 16,000 local schoolchildren. The scheme has developed and become considerably more interactive over the years, but its goals have remained the same: to raise children’s aspirations, encourage them to think about their futures, increase their confidence levels and to break down higher education stereotypes.

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