Burnet News Club

We all know how important it is for students to discuss what's happening in the world.
It’s also crucial that they get back on track with their speaking and listening.

Sign up to the Burnet News Club and receive a fully resourced, six-session scheme of work every half term, packed full of discussion and debating activities that help them make sense of the news.

Still learning from home?
No problem! Member schools can access everything from our online Hub.

Free offers for interested schools

If you're curious about running the club in your school, express your interest to receive a free sample scheme of work!

"I was worried about other teachers thinking ‘yet another thing’ when we don’t have enough time to teach everything else, and I’m already doing an after-school club, and we’re a small school and it couldn’t work as an after school club due to funding. However, everyone made space for it in their curriculum time, we’ve given one of the English sessions over to it a week because it hit targets of speaking, listening, engagement, and oracy."


Help students make sense of a complex world

In an age of misinformation and soundbites, it’s important for students to form an accurate picture the world around them and to justify opinions based on sound evidence.

Help your students think critically in an age of fake news and tackle the big stories, in depth.

The Burnet News Club provides a safe space to hold inquisitive discussions to challenge scary misconceptions and reduce anxiety-provoking uncertainty. We named it after Sir Alastair Burnet, who was driven by making the news accessible to everyone.

Proven impact in schools

The Club helps students build knowledge of current affairs, whilst developing their news literacy skills.

Each activity develops reasoning, scepticism, open-mindedness and confidence. These news literacy skills are measured rigorously, with proven results.

Benefits of the Club

The Burnet News Club enhances all aspects of the classroom

Build students’ confidence

The Burnet News Club helps young people find their voice:

  • Activities turn thinking into physical games, to empower those who usually clam up
  • Debating activities raise the stakes slowly, to help students express themselves to an audience
  • The online Hub gives students a safe space to share their opinions outside of the classroom, with a diverse range of students and special expert contributors

Practical and easy to run

With the seemingly ever-increasing demands from above, planning time is at a premium. Rather than another thing to do, the Burnet News Club is another way of doing what you’re already doing.

Develop your broad and balanced curriculum

Depth across the curriculum:
Contextualise student knowledge, draw conceptual links between subjects and make numbers relevant.

Cross-curricular links:
Current affairs connect subjects, from locations, to historical narrative, to statistics and citizenship.

Progression of skills:
Our News Literacy Framework presents a clear scale of assessment.


Flexible for home-learning

A unique online discussion platform where students connect with peers from across the UK.

Our online Hub empowers students to:

  • Publish their opinions on the moderated discussion board
  • Enter weekly competitions and take quizzes
  • Ask questions of world-leading experts

One school per half term is named "Thought Leader" for their contributions on the Hub. Students can win stars for their school and see their work published in a special magazine each half term and these are compiled to make our Annual. Download it below!

Free stuff for interested teachers!

The Burnet News Club is open to all UK state schools. Express your interest to receive a full sample scheme of work!