UK independent and selective schools

Inquiry

Outstanding current affairs resources by email every half term

Inquiry provides teachers with all they need to have inspiring discussions with their students about the news for one hour every week. See why these discussions matter

MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:

We send a new package of resources every half term, by email. Each package supports six one-hour sessions on a topic in the news, and includes:

  • Original multimedia journalism for young people, to develop deep cross-curricular knowledge of current affairs.
  • Session guides and resources for inspiring activities to support thoughtful discussions. The activities develop students’ reasoning, curiosity, healthy scepticism, storytelling and open-mindedness. No planning required.

TRY IT OUT

Download a package of resources about the financial crisis and how to make the financial system safer.

INTERESTED?

If you would like Inquiry for your school, contact our CEO Emily to subscribe or to find out more. Email EmilyEvans@Economist.com
Phone +44 020 7576 8122

Agora

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).

SIGN UP NOW!

Agora 2020 will take place in March (exact date and topic to be revealed soon). Contact Ben to secure a place! Email BenjaminMcDonald@Economist.com

The cost is only £200 per school. This includes access to the online platform and a resource pack in the post with all pre-printed resources for the day, for up to 30 students.

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 Ben to discuss running a workshop at your school.
Email BenjaminMcDonald@Economist.com

"I have loved watching the group grow in their understanding of topics and it has felt at times like I’m watching adults talking rather than children. The staff that run the workshops are amazing! We attend workshops all the time and by far yours are the most engaging and interesting!"

SALIA AHMED - HOME EDUCATION ORGANISER