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Behind the Headlines

Feature writing workshop for sixth formers

Ages: 16-18
Minimum number of students: 10
Maximum number of students: 18
Delivery method: virtual
Timing: 2 x 40 minutes sessions across two lessons

Students work individually to produce a Guardian style feature page. In the first session they will discover how features differ in style, pace and structure from news stories and go on to devise, research and plan a short feature article inspired by a current news story.

In the second session our team will deliver feedback on their submitted articles and the students will learn about subediting, headline writing and picture choices in order to complete their pages.

We will provide pre and post workshop resources including a feature page template.

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. After the sessions students will need computer access to produce their article and complete their features page. 

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.

Resources to support this workshop

The online workshop was a huge success. The students themselves said that it was really interesting and useful.
Teacher
Stratford upon Avon School
I love how they were able to check our work and give detailed feedback and informed us about how the news industry works.
Student
Alperton Community School, London
The students got a huge kick out of using the Guardian's template which added to their feelings of accomplishment once they had written out their pieces.
Teacher
Comberton Village College, Cambridgeshire

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