UK independent and selective schools

Download weekly news resources!

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.

Perfect for form time, our resources get thoughtful discussions going in as little as 20 minutes. Challenge your students to expand their perspectives and appreciate differing points of view before expressing reasoned opinions of their own.

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.
Email OliviaPlatman@Economist.com

"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."

J CASE, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, ORMISTON SIX VILLAGES ACADEMY

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.
Email OliviaPlatman@Economist.com

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!"

DILL ANSTEY, VICE PRINCIPAL, FEDERATION SIXTH FORM, HARRIS FEDERATION