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Behind the Headlines

Fake or for real workshop for secondary students

Ages: 11-18
Maximum number of students: 35
Timing: 40 minutes online delivery and 30+ minutes post workshop activity

In this interactive workshop students will discuss how they find out about news, analyse the different ways sources can be misleading and develop research and questioning skills, increasing their confidence in checking the trustworthiness of stories.

Once the workshop has finished, students will produce their own Fake or for real presentations or videos after researching and analysing recent news stories. This can take 30+ minutes and will be led by classroom teachers with resources provided by our team.

Technical requirements and registration

Sessions will take place securely using  Zoom. Due to limitations in virtual delivery, we are only able to connect with one classroom at a time and cannot connect with students’ personal devices. Students will need computer access to research and prepare their presentations.

In signing up for a workshop, we require all teachers to perform a test of the delivery platform in advance. More information will be provided upon booking.

Please note we have limited availability and will give priority to state schools that have not previously had a workshop.

Please ensure you provide full availability (days and times) for the class you wish to book for in the comment box to help us schedule bookings - without this we may be unable to offer a workshop to your organisation.

Resources to support this workshop

The challenge set to create their own news presentations was fantastic. I think it is possible these could be used to highlight the issue of fake news to other students in school.
Applemore College, Hampshire
We could investigate if what we know about is actually for real. I can worry less about some news that scares me.
Moulsham High School
The support that you have all given me in the lead up to this workshop was phenomenal: patience, understanding and helpful. Thank you!
St Gregory’s School, London

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