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Behind the Headlines

Fake or for real: virtual workshop for secondary students

Ages: 11-18 (Y7 - Y13)

Minimum students: 15
Maximum students: 35
Timing: 40 minutes online delivery and 30+ minutes post-workshop activity. All students must be in the same room during the virtual session.

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.

In the virtual session, students will research and produce their own Fake or for Real presentations or videos after the live workshop. This can take 30+ minutes and will be led by classroom teachers with resources provided by our team.
  • 100% of teachers said the workshop has increased the students' engagement with news.

  • 100% of teachers said the workshop has given them ideas and resources to complement their teaching.

  • 100% of teachers said the workshop has helped the students to develop research and questioning skills when checking news stories.

  • 100% of teachers said the workshop increased the students' confidence in being able to check whether a news story is trustworthy.

  • 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.

    Technical requirements and registration for virtual sessions

    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.

    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.
    It was presented well and fun to listen to.
    Year 9 Student
    Nunnery Wood High School
    Students feel like they are able to question what they see online and more specifically on social media. They have found a new appreciation for the media and news.
    Moat Community College
    It was a great workshop and the students got a lot from it. Everything was well organised and I would highly recommend!
    Sunderland College
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