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Each week, we publish news resources designed for learners aged 9-14. A range of activities help them tackle the big stories in depth and think critically in an age of fake news.

If you work in a school, use them to get thoughtful discussions going in form/pastoral time. If you’re a home-educator, these can also help you embed the news into your curriculum.

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THIS WEEK'S STORY
Was Euro 2020 a success?

On July 11th, Italy beat England at Wembley in the final of the Euro 2020 football championship. However, was the tournament a success?

In teams, students will decide which arguments are the most convincing before they discuss how sports events are reported in the news and how this might affect people’s opinions.

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Coronavirus resources

Poverty and covid-19

June 1st, 2021

The first of our new Headlines resources. Download two lesson plans, differentiated for ability, on the relationship between covid-19 and poverty.

Building back greener | Scheme of work

April 16th, 2021

The pandemic has been devastating. Now, world leaders are starting to make decisions about how their countries will recover. This module of learning brings learners into these debates.

The covid-19 vaccine race

April 20th, 2021

The race between infection and injection is on. Several vaccines have been developed but questions remain. For example, but how should they be distributed?

Exam Uncertainty

March 9th, 2021

Download a resource exploring the pertinent questions surrounding end-of-year assessment. What’s the fairest way to give grades during a pandemic? What would different people say?

Tokyo Olympics

February 23rd, 2021

Must the games begin? Introduce learners to the story so far and assess the challenges, then invite them to argue from different perspectives and come to their own conclusions.

From pandemic to infodemic | Scheme of work

February 19th, 2021

A full scheme of work that explores numbers in the current news. Can we have too much information? Has the pandemic led to an infodemic?

From pandemic to infodemic | Talk in 20

February 19th, 2021

A set of six 20-minute sessions on navigating the overload of information during the pandemic. Has the pandemic led to an infodemic?

Covid-19 vaccines

December 21st, 2020

Safe and successful covid-19 vaccines have given hope to many around the world, but who will benefit first? And how significant will these breakthroughs be?

Gender pay gap

November 30th, 2020

Experts say we are at a “coronavirus crossroads”: without more support for working mothers, the gender pay gap could widen. Let learners debate what should be done.

Numeracy in the news

November 20th, 2020

Supported by KPMG, this workshop gets students analysing data to draw their own conclusions on the UK’s economic response to covid-19 and the 2020 US election.

Robot Revolution

November 13th, 2020

Covid-19 has forced businesses to adapt and many have turned to technology to find more efficient ways of working. Are we on course for a “robot revolution”?

Covid-19 and Trump

October 13th, 2020

Assess the information around President Trump’s positive test for covid-19. How did the information emerge? What do people think about how Mr Trump handled his diagnosis?

Coronavirus and the environment

September 29th, 2020

Lockdowns saw pollution levels in many countries plummet. Yet, as activity returns to normal, so will emissions. Is this an opportunity to press reset?

Crisis and conspiracies

July 7th, 2020

Help learners separate fact from fiction by understanding how conspiracy theories start and spread. Also, they are encouraged to ask: who is responsible for stopping the spread?

Seeing the whole picture

June 15th, 2020

These fun activities help learners explore the role of photographs in the news and challenge them to step behind the lens themselves and capture something in two ways.

Coronavirus and wellbeing

May 15th, 2020

Help children reflect on their wellbeing in the current climate. This resource encourages learners to think about how other people are coping during the pandemic.

Coronavirus and gender

May 4th, 2020

Is the coronavirus affecting men and women differently? Study this from several angles: from death rates, to the impact of lockdown to numbers on the front line.

Freedom of speech

May 1st, 2020

Helps learners take a stance on debates about freedom of speech – a concept becoming even more central as the internet gives many people a platform to speak.

COVID-19

March 24th, 2020

Encourage learners to assess the truth of what they read about the coronavirus, identify trustworthy sources and reflect on the different perspectives on this unfolding story.

Social justice resources

Britney’s conservatorship

July 16th, 2021

This week, download resources about control and “conservatorship” (placing vulnerable people under supervision). Activities focus on Britney Spears’s story.

Freedom of the press in Hong Kong

July 9th, 2021

Download activities to help learners understand the impact of Hong Kong’s “National Security Law” on press freedom.

Activism in sport

June 25th, 2021

Download activities that study examples of activism in sport and ask: When should sportspeople speak out about a cause? And when shouldn’t they?

Education and wealth

June 18th, 2021

Explore the relationship between wealth and education. They will
answer questions like: how does education help people to escape the cycle of poverty?

Agora full-day workshop

June 16th, 2021

A day-long immersive experience for young people where they develop critical-thinking and communication skills through an unfolding news event.

Poverty and covid-19

June 1st, 2021

The first of our new Headlines resources. Download two lesson plans, differentiated for ability, on the relationship between covid-19 and poverty.

Guilty: Derek Chauvin

May 4th, 2021

In May 2020 Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, killed George Floyd, a black man, whilst arresting him. Why was the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial so important?

Choose to challenge

March 23rd, 2021

Download our two-part resource about gender inequality. This year, the theme of International Women’s Day was “choose to challenge”. How can do people do this?

Coup in Myanmar

February 9th, 2021

In February, the Myanmar army arrested the country’s democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Download activities to help learners understand the significance of this coup.

Girls in Education

February 1st, 2021

Learn about girls and education around the world. Why can’t some girls go to school? What might happen if girls and boys had the same educational opportunities?

Creative conversations about the news

January 22nd, 2021

Initiate creative conversations about the news, and help learners use George Orwell’s writing as a source of inspiration for their own ideas.

Protest: does it work?

January 8th, 2021

A special set of resources on protest: six 20-minute sessions exploring thought-provoking questions such as: why do people protest? What impact could protest have? Does protest work?

Gender pay gap

November 30th, 2020

Experts say we are at a “coronavirus crossroads”: without more support for working mothers, the gender pay gap could widen. Let learners debate what should be done.

Racism Part II

June 26th, 2020

Download activities that investigate the historical context behind the Black Lives Matter movement and explore questions about what’s happening right now.

Racism Part I

June 19th, 2020

Help learners to explore important and pressing questions like: What is prejudice? What does discrimination look like? Whose responsibility is it to end racism?

Freedom of speech

May 1st, 2020

Helps learners take a stance on debates about freedom of speech – a concept becoming even more central as the internet gives many people a platform to speak.

Knife crime

March 11th, 2019

This workshop opens up the discussion about knife crime, the statistics and some possible solutions. It’s suitable for 11- to 16-year-olds and can be adapted.

Technology resources

Nigeria’s Twitter ban

July 2nd, 2021

Download activities that discuss whether it is right for a government to ban social media. These resources focus specifically on the events leading to Nigeria’s recent Twitter ban. Was it justified?

Cyber attacks

May 18th, 2021

Investigate the story of when hackers cut off the Colonial oil pipeline in America. What happened? How did it happen? And what might the consequences be?

Deepfake technology

January 11th, 2021

Help learners explain why the 2020 alternative Christmas message broadcast in Britain caused controversy and assess the scale of the problem posed by deepfake technology.

Robot Revolution

November 13th, 2020

Covid-19 has forced businesses to adapt and many have turned to technology to find more efficient ways of working. Are we on course for a “robot revolution”?

TikTok

September 1st, 2020

In this resource, learners investigate why Donald Trump seeks to ban the social app TikTok. How are others responding and what should be the outcome in this situation?

Rights and the internet

July 3rd, 2020

Download activities that help learners understand what human rights are, and decide for themselves whether getting online is now a human right and if so, what might be the benefits?

Seeing the whole picture

June 15th, 2020

These fun activities help learners explore the role of photographs in the news and challenge them to step behind the lens themselves and capture something in two ways.

Extreme weather

April 17th, 2020

A six-session resource that explores the impact of extreme weather. Encourage learners to investigate how extreme weather affects different communities and evaluate different responses.

A positive human future

October 15th, 2019

Explore the opportunities and challenges of modern city living, research and evaluate case-studies of technological innovation and generate ideas to improve urban life.

Finding the truth with photographs

November 16th, 2018

This workshop explores media representation of current affairs using the photography of Roger Fenton in The Crimean War.

Climate change resources

Building back greener | Scheme of work

April 16th, 2021

The pandemic has been devastating. Now, world leaders are starting to make decisions about how their countries will recover. This module of learning brings learners into these debates.

Plastics, packaging + sustainability

March 1st, 2021

What impact do plastics and packaging have on the environment? Are all plastics bad? Whose responsibility is it to make a change?

Coronavirus and the environment

September 29th, 2020

Lockdowns saw pollution levels in many countries plummet. Yet, as activity returns to normal, so will emissions. Is this an opportunity to press reset?

Veganism (home-learning version)

April 9th, 2020

Is a vegan society a better society? Let learners explore what it means to be vegan and approach the debate from several different angles.

Extreme weather

April 17th, 2020

A six-session resource that explores the impact of extreme weather. Encourage learners to investigate how extreme weather affects different communities and evaluate different responses.

World Earth Day

March 4th, 2020

April 22nd 2020 is World Earth Day. Challenge learners to consider the specific steps they can take to tackle climate change, discuss the obstacles and question where responsibilities lie.

A positive human future

October 15th, 2019

Explore the opportunities and challenges of modern city living, research and evaluate case-studies of technological innovation and generate ideas to improve urban life.

The climate emergency

June 3rd, 2019

Introduce students to the climate emergency and get them discussing questions from a range of perspectives. Help them form their own opinions on responsibility and action.

Veganism (classroom version)

June 1st, 2018

A 6-session scheme of work to help learners explore what it means to be vegan and approach debates from several different angles.

Politics resources

Freedom of the press in Hong Kong

July 9th, 2021

Download activities to help learners understand the impact of Hong Kong’s “National Security Law” on press freedom.

Nigeria’s Twitter ban

July 2nd, 2021

Download activities that discuss whether it is right for a government to ban social media. These resources focus specifically on the events leading to Nigeria’s recent Twitter ban. Was it justified?

Activism in sport

June 25th, 2021

Download activities that study examples of activism in sport and ask: When should sportspeople speak out about a cause? And when shouldn’t they?

The Israel-Palestine Conflict

June 11th, 2021

Download resources that explore the Israel-Palestine conflict. What’s the history behind this news story? What perspectives are involved? And what’s happening now?

Cyber attacks

May 18th, 2021

Investigate the story of when hackers cut off the Colonial oil pipeline in America. What happened? How did it happen? And what might the consequences be?

The covid-19 vaccine race

April 20th, 2021

The race between infection and injection is on. Several vaccines have been developed but questions remain. For example, but how should they be distributed?

Chaos on the canal

April 1st, 2021

Explore the story of the ship that became stranded on the Suez Canal. Why did this make global headlines? And what might be the consequences?

Exam Uncertainty

March 9th, 2021

Download a resource exploring the pertinent questions surrounding end-of-year assessment. What’s the fairest way to give grades during a pandemic? What would different people say?

Tokyo Olympics

February 23rd, 2021

Must the games begin? Introduce learners to the story so far and assess the challenges, then invite them to argue from different perspectives and come to their own conclusions.

Coup in Myanmar

February 9th, 2021

In February, the Myanmar army arrested the country’s democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Download activities to help learners understand the significance of this coup.

Inauguration

January 26th, 2021

On January 20th, Joe Biden and Kamala took their respective oaths of office. Download activities to help learners comprehend the significance of their inauguration.

American Election Results

November 10th, 2020

Help learners understand why it took so long to announce a winner, why Donald Trump refused to concede and what Joe Biden’s win might mean for America.

Covid-19 and Trump

October 13th, 2020

Assess the information around President Trump’s positive test for covid-19. How did the information emerge? What do people think about how Mr Trump handled his diagnosis?

Russia

September 15th, 2020

Help learners think critically about the story of Alexei Navalny – a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin – who was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.

Sport and politics II

June 4th, 2020

This resource builds on our first on this topic and helps learners hear a range of arguments on either side of this pertinent debate – should sport and politics mix? Find Part 1 in this section.

Sport and politics I

May 28th, 2020

The first of two resources. Politicians, players and the public have been weighing in on sport’s role and responsibilities. Is it acceptable to express political opinions on the field?

Political cartoons

April 6th, 2020

The Economist’s editorial cartoonist, Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher, guides learners through his creative process before challenging them to get drawing. What will they create?

Politicians and Power

January 31st, 2020

Give students the opportunity to discuss and make judgements on real examples of politicians’ behaviour, leading to ethical questions about democracy and responsibility.

Numeracy resources

Numeracy in the good news

May 17th, 2021

Use this resource over a week to help learners study some positive news stories and investigate the numbers that help to explain them. And why are people attracted to bad news?

From pandemic to infodemic | Scheme of work

February 19th, 2021

A full scheme of work that explores numbers in the current news. Can we have too much information? Has the pandemic led to an infodemic?

From pandemic to infodemic | Talk in 20

February 19th, 2021

A set of six 20-minute sessions on navigating the overload of information during the pandemic. Has the pandemic led to an infodemic?

Numeracy in the news

November 20th, 2020

Supported by KPMG, this workshop gets students analysing data to draw their own conclusions on the UK’s economic response to covid-19 and the 2020 US election.

Numeracy in the News (pre-pandemic)

March 13th, 2020

Supported by KPMG, this 4-hour workshop explores the numbers behind stories including the 2016 US election, recent football world cups and space travel.

Learning from the financial crisis

October 26th, 2018

Supported by the Bank of England, learn about the financial system, how it affects them, and how decisions determine whether it works well or goes wrong.

News literacy resources

Was Euro 2020 a success?

July 23rd, 2021

On July 11th, Italy beat England at Wembley in the final of the Euro 2020 football championship. However, was the tournament a success?

Freedom of the press in Hong Kong

July 9th, 2021

Download activities to help learners understand the impact of Hong Kong’s “National Security Law” on press freedom.

Numeracy in the good news

May 17th, 2021

Use this resource over a week to help learners study some positive news stories and investigate the numbers that help to explain them. And why are people attracted to bad news?

Building back greener | Scheme of work

April 16th, 2021

The pandemic has been devastating. Now, world leaders are starting to make decisions about how their countries will recover. This module of learning brings learners into these debates.

The covid-19 vaccine race

April 20th, 2021

The race between infection and injection is on. Several vaccines have been developed but questions remain. For example, but how should they be distributed?

Chaos on the canal

April 1st, 2021

Explore the story of the ship that became stranded on the Suez Canal. Why did this make global headlines? And what might be the consequences?

Choose to challenge

March 23rd, 2021

Download our two-part resource about gender inequality. This year, the theme of International Women’s Day was “choose to challenge”. How can do people do this?

Exam Uncertainty

March 9th, 2021

Download a resource exploring the pertinent questions surrounding end-of-year assessment. What’s the fairest way to give grades during a pandemic? What would different people say?

Plastics, packaging + sustainability

March 1st, 2021

What impact do plastics and packaging have on the environment? Are all plastics bad? Whose responsibility is it to make a change?

Tokyo Olympics

February 23rd, 2021

Must the games begin? Introduce learners to the story so far and assess the challenges, then invite them to argue from different perspectives and come to their own conclusions.

From pandemic to infodemic | Scheme of work

February 19th, 2021

A full scheme of work that explores numbers in the current news. Can we have too much information? Has the pandemic led to an infodemic?

From pandemic to infodemic | Talk in 20

February 19th, 2021

A set of six 20-minute sessions on navigating the overload of information during the pandemic. Has the pandemic led to an infodemic?

Coup in Myanmar

February 9th, 2021

In February, the Myanmar army arrested the country’s democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Download activities to help learners understand the significance of this coup.

Girls in Education

February 1st, 2021

Learn about girls and education around the world. Why can’t some girls go to school? What might happen if girls and boys had the same educational opportunities?

Creative conversations about the news

January 22nd, 2021

Initiate creative conversations about the news, and help learners use George Orwell’s writing as a source of inspiration for their own ideas.

Crisis and conspiracies

July 7th, 2020

Help learners separate fact from fiction by understanding how conspiracy theories start and spread. Also, they are encouraged to ask: who is responsible for stopping the spread?

Seeing the whole picture

June 15th, 2020

These fun activities help learners explore the role of photographs in the news and challenge them to step behind the lens themselves and capture something in two ways.

Front page news

May 12th, 2020

Help learners think for themselves about the power of headlines and the ways newspapers present stories. What responsibilities do they have to their audiences?

What’s the news?

April 27th, 2020

Helps learners step back and think more carefully about where they find their news in order to help form an accurate picture of the world and justify their own opinions.

Political cartoons

April 6th, 2020

The Economist’s editorial cartoonist, Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher, guides learners through his creative process before challenging them to get drawing. What will they create?

What’s the news? (classroom version)

October 4th, 2019

Help learners step back and think more carefully about where they find their news in order to help form an accurate picture of the world.

Finding the truth with photographs

November 16th, 2018

This workshop explores media representation of current affairs using the photography of Roger Fenton in The Crimean War.

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