Pocklington School youngsters visit Guardian offices

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An intrepid group of sixth form English Language and Literature students spent a day in a national newspaper’s offices, writing features and articles.

Students from Pocklington School travelled to The Guardian offices in London, where they also learnt about the processes behind journalism and production.

The day was led by the Guardian Education Centre, which operates within the newspaper’s flagship building.

Working from the day’s current news stories, each pupil created their own features piece, representative of the kind of article likely to be found in the paper’s G2 section.

Louise Lamb, an English teacher at Pocklington School, said: “The day passed at speed, as pupils had to work to strict deadlines. At the end, current Guardian writer Patrick Barkham read and commented on the group’s writing.

“It was an interesting day, made all the more exciting for us by regular tweets and Patrick’s evident appreciation of individual pieces.

“To cap it all, Emily Grieve’s article on Thor’s feminisation was closely followed by a similar piece in The Guardian itself.”

You can see the Guardian article at http://www.theguardian.com/culture/shortcuts/2014/jul/16/female-thor-good-feminine-male-superhero-better?CMP=twt_gu.