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Our impact

2020/21 academic year

Our secondary and higher education team runs free, inspirational news and media workshops. Throughout the pandemic, they have continued to empower young people across the UK to access, understand, participate in and critically analyse media by successfully delivering a new virtual workshop programme.

With this innovative approach, the team has significantly strengthened the reach and effectiveness of our news literacy programme, making virtual delivery a core component of the programme alongside sessions in our Education Centre in central London.
In numbers
young people took part in our workshops
teachers and educators participated in our workshops and webinars
sessions were delivered consisting of school workshops, teacher training and journalism masterclasses
young people, teachers and adults have taken part in our activities since the Education Centre opened in 2002
Extending our reach
By removing geographical constraints, teaching online has enabled us to extend our reach and impact with young people from diverse and underrepresented communities across England and Wales.
What secondary school teachers say
rated the sessions as excellent or very good (87.5% excellent/12.5% very good)
agreed that the virtual workshops increased students' engagement with news
said that student confidence in checking whether a story is trustworthy increased as a result of our Fake or for real workshop
said students had gained confidence in writing and producing news stories and feature articles as a result of virtual workshops
What students say
of all students say the workshop increased their interest in keeping up with news
of students say they have developed research and questioning skills when checking a stories as a result of the Fake or for real workshop
of students indicated they had developed confidence in researching, writing, editing and producing news as a result of the Make a newspaper workshop
of students indicated that they had developed confidence in planning, researching and writing a feature article as a result of the Feature writing workshop
What a day! There was a buzz in the computer rooms and the editors loved the responsibility they were given. All your resources were fantastic. 150 front pages finished!
Penrice School, Cornwall
It was very interactive so we all got to say something. I liked the fact we didn't just listen to someone talking, we were actually involved.
Derby College
Clear and concise delivery from the team meant that students were engaged throughout the workshop. I have never seen them so focused before! I was really pleased with the quality of the workshop despite being delivered online.
Alperton Community School, London

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