Why we exist

A young person’s socioeconomic background powerfully determines the opportunities they will have in life. This is unfair.

Our mission

To tackle inequality by giving disadvantaged young people the skills to think for themselves about current affairs.

Our goals

We give disadvantaged 9- to 14-year-olds the tools to change their chances

KNOWLEDGE

In-depth knowledge of current affairs.

SKILLS

The skills to think for themselves: reasoning, curiosity, scepticism, storytelling and open-mindedness.

CONFIDENCE

The confidence to make their voices heard.

Our programme

THE BURNET NEWS CLUB

We achieve our mission and goals through our schools programme, the Burnet News Club: a network of school news clubs which develops young people’s thinking skills and literacy through cognitively-challenging discussions about current affairs. 

Burnet News Club is currently in 71 state schools across the UK, reaching 1000+ young people who participate weekly for at least one year.

KNOWLEDGE 96% of teachers that say Burnet News Club news content is better than other news content for young people.
SKILLS 67% more progress made by Burnet News Club students make in the thinking and communication skills that the programme develops. Pupil Premium students make the most progress.
CONFIDENCE 75% of Burnet News Club students say they feel more confident because they can give good reasons for their opinions.

Get involved

SUPPORTERS

We depend on donations to deliver and grow our programme. If you would like to support our work then we would love to hear from you.

SCHOOLS

Places for schools are open from January - June 2018. If you know a non-academically-selective state school that would benefit from the Burnet News Club then encourage them to sign up or email us for more information.

MULTI-ACADEMY TRUSTS

We offer benefits to MATs such as bespoke teacher training and events to bring teachers from different schools together. Burnet News Club creates meaningful connections between schools, and we can implement it in a way that supports your strategies and priorities. If you are interested to hear more, get in touch.

Our story

The Foundation was established in 2012 by staff at The Economist who saw an opportunity to offer the company’s journalistic expertise to schools, where it could have a powerful social impact. The Foundation’s mission and programme were developed with extensive support from people who understood the needs of disadvantaged young people and the UK education system.

We began Burnet News Club in just six schools in 2013. We hope the impact and fast growth that we have seen since then is just the start of our story. We are ambitious about reaching many more young people and communities in the coming years, and growing the network of inspiring partners and supporters who are with us on our mission.

Our team

EMILY EVANS
CEO and Founder

TIFFANY SMYLY
Programme Director

OLIVIA PLATMAN
Schools Relationship Manager

CLAIRE BOSTON
Head of Design

OUR TRUSTEES

DANIEL FRANKLIN
Executive Editor of The Economist

MICHAEL BRUNT
Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director, Circulation at The Economist

TOBY BURTON
Finance Director, Global Circulation Analysis at The Economist

STEPHEN GODSELL
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary at Guardian Media Group

MARTYN CADDICK
Head of Corporate Partnerships, Teach First

COMPANY SECRETARY

ANNA SAMUELSSON
Deputy Company Secretary at The Economist Group

Our supporters

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about The Foundation or any of our programmes, please get in touch.

The Economist Educational Foundation
20 Cabot Square, London E14 4QW, United Kingdom
FoundationTeam@economist.com

JOIN US

We want to grow the community of people who share our vision and follow what we do.
Do you want to help young people develop an informed view of the world, the thinking skills to form their own opinions and the confidence to have their say? If so then please join our mailing list and follow us on social media so we can let you know what we are doing and how you could be part of it.

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