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NewsWise

Award-winning news literacy for children aged 7-11

NewsWise generates curiosity and critical engagement with news, equipping children with the skills and knowledge to make sense of the world
Bringing together news literacy, primary English and PSHE specialists from The Guardian Foundation, National Literacy Trust and PSHE Association, NewsWise offers free lesson plans, resources and workshops for schools, activities for families, high quality teacher training and opportunities to connect with real journalists.

We offer the full NewsWise package, including workshops, to primary schools with a free school meal rate above the national average. The package is free to qualifying schools. Register via the link below.

All of our lesson plans and other resources are free for anyone to download.
Crisis in Ukraine: looking after children's wellbeing
Pupils might be finding news stories about the crisis in Ukraine overwhelming and upsetting. Our resources can help you implement strategies to look after their wellbeing while safely discussing the news and answering their questions.
New: Media literacy resources for secondary students with SEND
We have adapted our resources to provide a suite of cross - curricular media literacy resources for secondary SEND students. We have also developed media literacy training for SEND teachers to support the delivery of the activities in the classroom.

Developed with our Behind the Headlines colleagues with extensive input and guidance from secondary SEND teachers. Made possible by funding from the DCMS.
I have rarely seen children so engaged. They saw the power of the media in changing minds. They realised that they aren't powerless.
Year 5 teacher
Gospel Oak Primary School
I cannot overstate the impact the project has had on the children I teach. They are so much more engaged and questioning of the news, and they have been encouraged to go home and teach their parents and siblings about fact checking websites, how to conduct interviews without judgement, and how to assess whether a report is biased or not. It has been a hugely empowering experience for them.
Year 5 teacher
Grafton Primary School
The spotting fake news elements [of the unit of work] were superb! I didn't have the background knowledge, so this was invaluable. Having our Ambassador and our 'real' journalist interact directly with the pupils was an amazing opportunity for them - and me!
Year 6 teacher
Rhosddu Primary School
Making an impact
NewsWise leads to increased interest in news, greater critical engagement and improved confidence when navigating news. After taking part, twice as many pupils could tell if a news story was real or fake, and 100% of teachers said children had a better understanding of different aspects of news
Our Awards
WAN-IFRA European Digital Media Awards 2021
Best Project for News Literacy, Guardian Foundation Education Centre and NewsWise
Nesta Democracy Pioneers Award 2020
Unesco GAPMIL Global Media and Information Literacy Award 2019
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Contact us

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