Do you value teaching about the news, but struggle to find the time?
News literacy is needed to discern the truth in an age of misinformation, disinformation and echo-chambers. Children could be profoundly affected by issues without knowing enough about them to make a change.
News literacy gives young people more control over their future: it empowers them to have their say and make informed decisions about issues that will impact them. However, a crowded curriculum and pressure from above mean it’s becoming increasingly difficult to teach about the biggest topics and questions facing our society.
"The most thorough, relevant and inspiring training I have ever experienced."
CELIA VINER, FARINGDON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Current affairs in the classroom
Our interactive, hands-on training for both primary and secondary schools gives teachers a practical understanding of how to bring current affairs into the classroom.
This one-day training course helps teachers of EYFS upwards grasp the underpinning principles of news literacy and develop their students’ reasoning, scepticism, open-mindedness and confidence to speak up. A range of supporting resources empowers teachers to immediately put new ideas and strategies into action.
Help students make sense of the world
- How to help them form an accurate picture in age of misinformation, soundbites and sensationalism
- How to nurture critical thinking skills central to their learning, reasoning, open-mindedness and scepticism
- How to build their confidence to talk about the biggest issues
Practical for teachers
- How to plan less to give more space for student independence
- How to move from teacher to facilitator and relieve the pressure of knowing it all
- How to feel confident navigating sensitive issues and controversial opinions
Spreadable across your school
- How to embed the News Literacy Framework for progress across the curriculum
- Ready-to-use activities for all year groups from the very next day
- How to make thinking physical to increase the quality of classroom talk across the school
"The training was informative, clear and flowed concisely. It was practical, hands on and linked directly to the content to be delivered to the students. The team were very willing to explore alternative ideas to suit the needs of different students. Activities could easily translate into the school curriculum."
"One of the best training sessions I’ve ever been to. Great ideas for getting students involved and thinking philosophically. Lovely atmosphere and discussions were stimulating, relevant and NOT patronising!"
Frequently asked questions
I'm in a primary school. What do you do for EYFS?
Much primary school INSET is aimed at Key Stage 2, with Early Years teachers left sat waiting for something relevant they can adapt down.
We build our training around three core principles: Skills based questions, Students step forward, and See the whole picture. With your day structured around these three versatile ideas, teachers of all year groups grasp how to bring them into action through a range of tried-and-tested activities.
Will this be another "fireworks and fizzle" INSET?
We’ve all been there: INSET that gets staff excited on the day, full of ideas that sound great in theory but never find their way into day-to-day use and has little impact on students. So how do you know this won’t end up being the same?
We’re committed to measuring our impact as rigorously as possible. We work in close partnership with schools so that we can listen and respond to what teachers and students need. Our findings go straight back into developing and improving our programmes. You can read our latest impact report here.
We show you how to measure progress: your training helps you make the most of our News Literacy Framework, which outlines nine levels for each of the four key news literacy skills. We guide teachers on using the accompanying toolkit – which includes resources on questioning and identifying trustworthy news.
Resources and ideas to use the next day: your training will be full of practical and flexible activities, ideas and games for immediately use. We abide by the old proverb of ‘teaching a person to fish’ so you can create your own news resources (but we also give you lots of fish!)
Try for yourself
Take a look at a sample resource!
"Really well structured, thoughtful, practical and useful. So much preparation and planning has clearly gone into the day and the depth of quality resonates through everything we have been asked to do. The exercises are really thought provoking and lead to uplifting discussions about our role as advocates as well as putting us in the position of potentially reluctant learners."
"Really engaging and fantastic resources provided. Some of the best training I have done and certainly the best resources extra-curricular club I have ever seen."