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A live discussion between schools all over the UK

Agora is a unique one-day event for primary and secondary schools.

  • Teachers take a group of their students off timetable for the day, and we stream a series of fictional films about an issue in the news into all the classrooms at the same time.
  • Each film introduces a new character, who gives a different point of view on an important debate. In 2019, the debate was about whether someone with very controversial views should be allowed to speak at a university.
  • After each film, the students do some activities led by their teacher, to encourage thoughtful discussion about the arguments that were put forward.
  • The students then use the Agora online platform to discuss their ideas. Different perspectives are shared between communities.
  • It's a choose-your-own-adventure story. After each film, the students vote on what film they'll see next.
  • At the end of the day, they cast a UK-wide vote to decide how the story should end, and they see the consequences of their choice for the characters. (This year, the majority of schools voted to defend free expression).

Agora is supported by the Peter Sowerby Foundation.


Agora 2020 will take place on November 13th, and students will be delving into whistleblowing and trust in government. Contact us to secure a place! Email

Training and workshops

We offer training and workshops for teachers and students

Teacher training

Bringing current affairs into the classroom

Our training sessions introduce practical strategies that teachers can use to build their students' news literacy, focusing on using questioning and discussion-facilitation to develop knowledge, reasoning, curiosity, scepticism and open-mindedness. We also offer tips for discussing complex or sensitive issues with young people.

After the training, teachers will receive free current affairs resources from us every term, giving them ongoing opportunities to put their learning into practice.

Contact Olivia to discuss running a session at your school.

"Olivia and Tiff delivered a fantastic session to our staff. They delivered an engaging, vibrant session that challenged the staff to plan for creative ways to engage and then challenge learners of all abilities. Staff particularly enjoyed the level of interaction as well the effort made by Olivia and Tiff to link the content to a range of subject areas."


Student workshops

Our full-day student workshops use multimedia news content and lively activities to engage students in thoughtful discussions about an issue in the news. They explore different perspectives and ideas and are supported to reason and explain their responses, to develop critical thinking and communication skills. At the end of the day, they present their views on the topic to their peers.

We’re able to run a workshop on a new topic every eight weeks (six in a year). Schools can book a series of workshops so students can make progress over time.

Contact Olivia to discuss running a session at your school.

Our recent Climate Emergency Conference for 25 Harris Federation Schools

"The students had a great experience of working across the academies! I thought it really worked and the vertical nature and they were incredibly good together. A lot come from disadvantaged backgrounds and don’t get the chance to get out of their world. Materials were really well suited to the students - one of the things you do extremely well is helping students articulate why they think something and giving logical evidence for why they think things rather than be swayed by emotional responses!"