Case study | Michael Faraday Primary School

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What the teacher says...

“The children weren’t sure what was happening (about Brexit) and the grown-ups weren’t sure what was happening either. The Burnet News Club was fantastic at equipping the children by going right back to the beginning, and the definition of democracy.”

Burnet News Club Teacher


Michael Faraday Primary School began using the Burnet News Club in 2016. Now it's a core part of their extra-curricular timetable. Over 20 students (half of which are eligible for Pupil Premium) participate each week in discussions about the news. The school report:

  • significant positive impact on participating students
  • significant increase in conversations and knowledge about current affairs
  • significant increase in student confidence
  • very positive effect on student literacy

THOUGHT LEADER | ISSUE 2 | 2018-2019

Each half term, we choose one Burnet News Club Thought Leader. This is a school whose Club contributed really well to the online discussions. They might have written interesting Final pieces, won lots of skills stars or written posts and comments that got other members thinking. The Thought Leader for Democracy in a Divided Nation was Michael Faraday School. As the top school on the leaderboard, they put forward several skilful posts and comments. Many students contributed and their Final pieces showcase a wide range of opinions.

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