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Fake or For Real: onsite workshop for secondary students

Maximum number of students: 30
Minimum number of students: 18
Timing: 2 hours

Can your students spot fact from fiction? Do they know their deep fakes from their hoaxes? In the age of fake news, this session builds young people's resilience to mis and disinformation.

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.

During the workshop, students research, create, rehearse, and deliver their own Fake or For Real presentations in groups.
Our workshops are planned and delivered by qualified secondary school teachers. Workshops are differentiated, where necessary and possible, to cater for students from Key Stages 3 - 5 and students with SEND.

Onsite: Further information for schools visiting

Please ensure you have read our visitor guide, including the risk assessment and related documents.

Groups should arrive 15 minutes prior to their start time to check into the Guardian building.

Teacher/pupil ratio: there should be a minimum of 3 adults regardless of group size. All students will need to be wearing a simple label badge with their first name on them before they enter the building. Please make sure you supply the students with these.

Please note we have limited availability of all workshops and will give priority to schools that have not previously had a workshop, particularly state schools with high numbers of pupils on free school meals.

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The sessions were engaging and interactive. Lots of discussion.
Finham Park
I liked how the instructor was always active and engaging in questions with the students.
Year 9 Student
Forest Gate Community School
This has complemented the curriculum. It was useful that some of the techniques we have been teaching them in lessons were used in the workshop. It also supports their understanding of careers, as well as global citizenship. It was fun and interactive but has challenged where they retrieve news and who to trust.
Burgess Hill Girls School

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