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Lesson plans and resources

Everything you need to teach the NewsWise project in your classroom!
A complete unit of work with all lesson plans and resources, plus guides on bringing news literacy to life with your class and teaching news safely, display materials and videos of journalists talking about their roles
Schools with high rates of free school meals can also register for the full NewsWise package, including: a workshop led by the NewsWise team, teacher training, opportunities to work with journalists and National Literacy Trust membership
NewsWise unit of work
Go straight to the lesson plans
NewsWise navigator
The NewsWise navigator is designed to help children check if they can trust what they are reading
Download to display in the classroom and give to your pupils to use both in class and at home as they develop their news literacy skills
NewsWise values poster
The NewsWise values act as a reference point throughout the project and define what we believe news should aim to be
These values are designed to enable pupils to judge the trustworthiness of information as well as to produce powerful stories themselves
  • Truthful - reporting accurately and factually

  • Fair - treating everyone equally and with respect

  • Balanced - representing all sides of the story

  • Interesting - engaging the reader

  • 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.
    Key resources
    Bring news literacy to life in the classroom
    Teaching news literacy
    Guides to help you teach the NewsWise project and create an exciting, immersive experience for pupils
    Happy News Project
    A project for classroom and home learning: focus on wellbeing with uplifting stories, and develop teamwork, speaking and listening and news writing and reading skills
    Registered charity: 1153865