HEART FM has launched a brand new initiative to give school children across North Devon the opportunity to create radio shows in their very own classroom.

Radio in Schools was officially launched at West Croft Junior School in Bideford with the help of Heart Breakfast presenters Matt Rogers and Caroline Cook.

It has been created help teachers and schools deliver a hands-on approach to listening, speaking and communication with their pupils. Not only does it sit alongside the current National Curriculum, it is also easy to use and get involved - available to any school with internet access.

It features an online Virtual Studio, enabling children to record audio, such as interviews and features, edit them and upload them to share with their school and local community, offering a safe platform to showcase children's work.

To make the system user-friendly, there is no complicated software to download. Teachers simply sign up and register for Radio in Schools via www.heart.co.uk - and the children can start recording immediately!

"This is a truly unique and simple way to engage children of all ages in speaking and listening through a medium that is exciting and immediate," said Matt and Caroline.

"We look forward to discovering some budding Heart radio presenters of the future here in North Devon!"

To sign up and register for Radio in Schools, visit www.heart.co.uk. Every school that signs up will be entered into a draw to win a laptop worth £700, a tour of the Heart studios and to interview presenters Matt and Caroline.

* During July, the Gazette, in association with Heart FM is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a digital Heart radio.

The competition is being run online at www.northdevongazette.co.uk and is very simple. All you have to do is spot the North Devon Chemotherapy Unit Appeal logo hidden in one of the advertisements in this week's Gazette.

Then go online with your answer. The Gazette will donate £100 on behalf of the winner to the North Devon Chemotherapy Unit Appeal.

Good luck.