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Our impact

2021/22 academic year

Our secondary and higher education team runs free, inspirational news and media workshops. During the 2021-22 academic year they continued to empower young people across the UK to access, understand, participate in and critically analyse media by extending their 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 which resume in autumn 2022.
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 the UK. We're ambitious to widen our reach further in 2022/23.
What secondary school teachers say
rated the sessions as excellent or very good (76% excellent/21% 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 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
The session contents fitted in well with what we have planned to deliver to our students and the delivery was excellent. The great resources also assisted us in preparing out students for the sessions.
I will definitely be looking to book into this and similar sessions in the future.
Oriel High School, Crawley
I liked talking about the news. It was engaging with lots of lot of questions.
Exhall Grange, Specialist School, Coventry
My class absolutely loved it and gave really brilliant 'real or fake' presentations afterwards. I am hoping to introduce this activity to my department as part of our literacy programme.
Frederick Bremmer School, London

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