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Sky Create New Learning Experience for Kids

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As part of Sky's ongoing commitment to the UK's education system,. they've lent their time, money and expertise into creating a brand new education centre for kids ages eight to eighteen years old. The centre, called the Sky Skills Academy has been built in Livingstone, Scotland and links to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence by helping to build life skills. Sky have set their internal targets for their Sky Academy Skills Studios and their Sky Academy to help over a million children learn skills, confidence and self belief by 2020.

Inspired by calls to the Sky number from landline and launched by Sky News journalist Kay Burley and the kids of Newbattle high School, the studio is the second of its kind in the UK and will welcome 12,000 young people per year through its doors to have fun and learn. Students will be able to create their own TV reports about the subjects they're studying at school using Sky's state of the art cameras and other technology. Kids will get the opportunity to use broadcast quality cameras, greenscreens, editing booths and touch screens to make their broadcast worthy of being on Sky News itself.

Since the launch of the first Sky Academy Skills Studios in West London in 2012, Sky have been widely praised by parents on the Sky contact free number and by schools. They've also introduced over 30,000 kids to the possibilities of the media and have taught them important skills including team work, creativity and communication.

Bella Vuillermoz, Director, Sky Academy, said: “We are delighted to have opened Sky Academy Skills Studios in Livingston, investing further in our West Lothian campus. This is another step forward in our ambition to see Sky Academy help one million young people unlock their potential and gain the skills, experience and self-belief they need to prepare them for the world of work. It gives them access to a state-of-the-art facility where they can write, shoot and edit their very own television reports related to a subject they are studying at school.” Kay Burley, Sky News Journalist added: “The Studios are a great asset for school pupils across Scotland, introducing them to the world of the media while helping them to build highly valuable life skills. It has been great to meet the pupils from Newbattle High School and get a first-hand view of how much an experience like this can impassion and inspire young people.”

Bob Foley, Head of Health and Wellbeing Faculty, Newbattle High School, said: “Some of our pupils were lucky enough to visit the Sky Academy Skills Studios in London which was an amazing experience, so I am thrilled we now have an equally impressive facility here on our doorstep in Scotland and honoured that our pupils had a leading role to play in its launch. Our pupils learnt a great deal from the experience, it really puts the ethos and principles of Curriculum for Excellence into practice and I would urge any teachers interested to register and book their free visit.”

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