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Behind the Headlines

Innovative teacher training, webinars, conferences and CPD

News literacy webinars
We deliver regular free webinars to support educators teaching news across the secondary curriculum. Want creative teaching ideas, activities and resources for secondary students? Interested in booking or finding out about our free virtual workshops? Details of our next webinar will be posted on this page.
  • 100%
    of teachers rated our webinars as excellent or very good
    100%
    said the webinars gave them ideas and resources to complement their teaching
    CPD - Media literacy resources for secondary pupils with SEND
    Tuesday 4 October, 4:15pm - 5pm
    Along with our sister programme, NewsWise, and funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, we have adapted and produced resources to provide a suite of cross-curricular media literacy resources for secondary SEND students.

    We will be holding a CPD session with tips for using the resources and teaching news and critical literacy on Tuesday 4 October 4:15pm - 5pm. Open to all teachers working with secondary SEND students.
    Teacher training curriculum
    We delivered a successful Feature writing pilot webinar for our teacher training curriculum on July 5. Teachers learned about the difference between a feature and opinion, how to structure a feature, and got to speak with senior feature writer at the Guardian, Aida Edemariam.

    In September 2022, we will be launching a year-long curriculum with a workshop menu for teachers to book onto.

    Webinars on offer are:

    - Writing news articles about events (Autumn term)
    - The Guardian and Observer: past and present (history and context) (dates TBC)
    - Teaching students about fake news: social media (dates TBC)
    - STEM, media careers and enabling access (dates TBC)
    - Help your students to write features (dates TBC)

    You can register your interest in all workshops of appeal to you via a checklist using the link below.
    Initial teacher training
    We deliver a popular 40 minute webinar for English, History and Citizenship trainee teachers on critical literacy and teaching news. During the webinar we model our Fake or for real workshop and equip participants with skills, resources and ideas to teach the session with their practice schools. Contact us if you would like to book a session.
    Bespoke training
    On request we can organise tailored news, journalism and critical literacy training for a range of educators and to support specific subjects or initiatives. Contact us if you would like to discuss arranging bespoke training for your organisation.
    Resources to support students
    We offer a range of resources to support and embed news and media literacy across the secondary curriculum, including advice, tips and downloadable material.
    Thought-provoking, relevant and with excellent examples.
    Teacher
    at Doing News conference
    A brilliant morning. This is exactly what a 21st Century PGCE should be delivering. The trainees found it really useful for their classroom practice and for extending their thinking on media literacy.
    Tom Donnai
    Subject Leader, PGCE History, University of Manchester
    Very concise and timely. Lots of ideas to structure projects!
    Teacher
    attending Teaching News webinar

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