It's time for the annual BBC Children in Need telethon again! Staff and audiences around the country will be coming up with some ingenious ways to raise money for the charity, which launches this year’s appeal on 18th November. Find out about some of the activity here. We’ve also got an update on the Schools World Service and a school exchange taking students from west London to visit our new buildings in Salford.

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The team of cyclists from BBC Lincoln with Pudsey.

Cycling for BBC Children in Need

This year's BBC Children in Need appeal show is fast approaching, as Pudsey and the team prepare to take over BBC One on Friday 18th November.

To get the fundraising underway, our paw-some BBC Lincolnshire presenter Rod Whiting and his team have recently completed the epic challenge of cycling from Neustadt in Germany to Lincoln. The adventurers cycled 1,000 km in eight days to raise money for the charity.

To keep up with all the latest news, you can now become a fan of Pudsey on Facebook. Pudsey's page has lots of news, celebrity pictures and videos to inspire fundraising activities.

After last year's success, when over £18 million was raised on the night, BBC Children in Need is hoping to raise the bar even higher with this year's show.

Visit the BBC Children in Need webpage or sign up to follow Pudsey on Facebook.

Coming up...

BBC Outreach will be inviting the community to the new BBC base in Salford at its Open Day next month. Visitors will be able to enjoy a tour of the new buildings and learn about the departments which have moved there.

Live 'n' Deadly is continuing to make its way around the UK with the Deadly Days Out. The days are an opportunity for viewers to meet the hosts of the TV show and come face to face with amazing animals!

BBC Northern Ireland's Community Archive is a storehouse of recordings, images and other materials that describe the history of local broadcasting. People will be invited in to the BBC to learn more about the collection in a series of themed talks.

More forthcoming events

A student who features in a Schools World Service assembly film.

Global Classroom

A new agreement between BBC World Class and the British Council will see educational materials for teachers around the world available on the BBC website in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Schools World Service is the new project aiming to increase pupils understanding of international stories and how they are affecting the wider world. The stories are available in primary and secondary versions.

The first films were produced earlier this year, and featured the story of the Egyptian revolution from the point of view of some of the Cairo school children involved. More recently, BBC Breakfast reporter Jenny Hill went to see how pupils at a school in Kesennuma, Japan have been affected by the tsunami and how they are starting to rebuild their lives.

Visit the Schools World Service site.

Young people and BBC staff working together on a charity project.

Connect & Create Partner search

Connect & Create is the BBC's staff volunteering scheme.  The scheme provides opportunities for BBC staff to share work skills with charities in the community.

Current charity partnerships will soon come to an end. Connect & Create is now looking to work with a number of new charities, starting January 2012.

To find out more and request an application pack, email

The deadline for all applications is Friday 25th November 2011 .

Short listed charities will be invited to talk through proposals at interview. These will be held at BBC Media City, Salford on 7th or 8th December 2011.

Find out more online.


Conductor and orchestra in a performance that was recorded to be included in the resources pack.

Teaching music

Children from across Wales now have the chance to experience classical music concerts from the comfort of their classroom, thanks to a unique project by BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

The Orchestra's Education and Community Outreach department has distributed Special Teachers' Resource Packs to every special school, unit and primary school in Wales – that's over 2000 schools! To celebrate the release of these resource packs, the Orchestra will be performing a series of special concerts to more than 4000 children in Tenby and Cardiff from 1-4 November 2011.

The packs are especially useful in schools with no specialist music teacher, and include a DVD and CD of a special concert recorded earlier in the year.

Read more about the orchestra.

Man enjoying the Bang Goes the Theory Dance Lab.

Dance with a Bang!

BBC Learning's Bang Goes the Theory LIVE headlined the Manchester Science Festival on 22-23 October.

One of the new additions to this year's tour was Dr Yan's Dance Lab, a mass-participation dance experiment developed in collaboration with the TV production team and the University of Northumbria.

The team has been collecting data on people's dance moves all year using state of the art motion capture technology which will feed into a LAB UK experiment in 2012.

This allows our audience to take part in cutting edge science and for many people it's the first time they've ever contributed to any form of scientific research.

Visit the Bang website.

Black and whiteimage of the TV mast at London's Alexandra Palace

75 candles for BBC TV

The BBC launched its first continuous television service seventy five years ago, on 2nd November in 1936!

To celebrate we're going to hold a range of activities and events, including a specially curated TV season at the British Film Institute featuring rarely seen early footage and a night of BBC 4 programming.

Visitors to the National Media Museum in Bradford will get the chance to step into the TV test card and draw the future of TV.

Plus we'll be helping to open up the original studio at Alexandra Palace so visitors can see where it all began.

Learn more about the BBC's history.

Students from schools in west London and salford on an exchange visit.

Northward bound

MediaCityUK, the BBC's new home in Salford, welcomed 20 students from west London through its doors a few weeks ago.

BBC Outreach is a key partner on the Take Two project, which works with a number of young people in west London and Salford - two areas of the country where the BBC is a large employer. The project helps the students to develop their communication and employability skills.

The two groups of students discussed what things are like in opposite ends of the country, before sharing some of the work they've produced with BBC support.

The two year project is aiming to work with over 200 students, and students from Salford will be invited to London early next year.

Find out more about BBC Outreach.

Young people meeting Garth Crooks at the events at the Cliff.


1400 people descended on Manchester United's old training ground, The Cliff, to join BBC Learning's family sports event - Extra Time at the Cliff.

Lots of families from Greater Manchester took part in a host of interactive activities including the ‘supporter loo', which involved being filmed whilst flushing away grumbles about your team, keeping control of the ball in the ‘keepie uppie' challenge and putting on a Scottish accent whilst playing the part of Sir Alex Fergusson in our specially commissioned radio drama.

Football star Garth Crooks also popped in to talk about his career and sign a few autographs.

Find out more about BBC North.

A previous work experience trainee.

Experiencing life at the BBC

Launched in January this year, the BBC 2012 Work Experience programme aims to attract new and diverse talent to the BBC.

The scheme targets residents of the six Olympic host boroughs. Our ambition is to offer over 250 work experience placements over two years, delivering on our commitment to creating a long lasting legacy after the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Excitingly, in year one of this two year project, 15% of our work experience candidates have gone on to convert their unpaid employment into paid work with the BBC. The second round of placements has just been launched.

Read about other BBC 2012 activity.

And finally...

To help teachers make the most of BBC activities in 2012 we've launched the Teach 2012 portal, where we'll feature a whole range of activities for schools to join in.

Visit the website.

The BBC Orchestras across the UK will be offering audiences the chance to play side by side as part of Symphony. Special events will take place across November focusing on Symphonies by Beethoven, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak.

Visit the website.

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