Questioning the News: Critical literacy in English and PSHE - London - Guardian Offices

Questioning the news - critical literacy

Fake news is a real problem. The huge amount of digital devices and content means navigating the news can be overwhelming. Recent evidence from the National Literacy Trust (2018) found that only 2% of children in the UK have the critical literacy skills they need to tell whether a news story is real or fake.

Critical literacy is a cross-curricular approach to teaching that encourages pupils to question and challenge information to find out the truth. The course, run by our NewsWise team, explores how critical literacy is key to improving pupils’ critical thinking skills when discussing, reading and writing news within both English and PSHE.

This course will show you how to turn your classroom into a newsroom. You will learn how to develop high quality reading and writing outcomes for your pupils, and increase their awareness of the media’s impact upon their behaviour, identity and wellbeing.