Burnet News Club FAQs

What do I get?

A fully-resourced scheme of work each half-term - complete with lesson plans, activities, and PowerPoints. All are built around the Skills Builder framework and are designed by experienced teachers. 

Download a sample 

A special training session to help you get started, ongoing support webinars and a school visit (which can be virtual).

Student access to the Hub - an online discussion forum connecting thousands of students across the UK. 

Your own School Relationships Manager who is on hand to support your club throughout the year.

Who is the Burnet News Club for?

Resources are designed for KS2 and KS3 students. Inclusive activities are differentiated to support children of all abilities, with a particular focus on developing speaking and listening.

Take a look at our case studies to see these activities in action.

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What is "the Hub"?

The Hub is our moderated online platform where students share their ideas on the current topic with thousands of others from across the UK. It's a discussion forum driven by young people's posts, questions and comments.

Explore the Hub 

Students can win skill stars, enter competitions, take quizzes and ask questions of experts. They might even be invited to attend our annual awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace!

Learn about the Awards 

Since the pandemic began, students can also access all Burnet News Club sessions remotely via the Hub.

How much does the club cost?

We work hard to secure external funding to keep the cost to schools to a minimum. What schools pay depends on a range of factors, including size. A year of resources, training and support begins at just £399.

Right now, we’re offering a free trial so you can try out our resources - wherever you and your students are.

How am I supported?

Every Burnet News Club school gets their own School Relationships Manager. An experienced former teacher, they are your personal contact for any questions about the Club. They can visit your school (virtually if necessary) to show you the ropes and model a session!

Throughout the year, you are also invited to join exclusive webinars and training sessions for our Burnet News Club teachers. These are a chance to share ideas with other teachers also running the Club.

Will the Burnet News Club benefit students' literacy?

In 2019, 96% of participating teachers said the Burnet News Club had a positive impact on their students' overall literacy. We build our activities around the Skills Builder framework with a particular emphasis on speaking and listening. The same impact report showed Burnet News Club students made 150% more progress in news-literacy skills like reasoning and open-mindedness.

How can it fit in my curriculum?

The Club is very versatile. Some schools embed it within literacy; others might use it to hit multiple assessment objectives in PSHE or Citizenship. Some use it in form time. Or you could always run it as an extra-curricular club.

Can students take part from home?

Yes! Many of our clubs are happening virtually this year. To make this possible, we've made the entire programme available online through the option of streamlined sessions, weekly live discussions, more online activities and virtual school visits.

Will the Club benefit students in the long term?

Skills that cannot be automated will always be in high demand among employers. We place a particular focus on these and align everything we do to the Skills Builder Universal Framework which is widely adopted by educators and employers.

Learn about the Framework

How do I start?

Just fill in the box below and we'll contact you about starting your free trial!

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The Burnet News Club is open to all non-selective UK state schools. To start your free trial, fill in the boxes opposite and we'll reply with how to get set up.

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