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We launch call for evidence on fake news and critical literacy

07 Feb 2018


Yesterday we brought together experts from the education, academic and media world to contribute vital evidence to our Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy in Schools. We also launched a call for evidence to gather further input from organisations and individuals on this important issue.

Lucy Powell MP, Chair of the Literacy APPG, chaired the meeting and questioned the witnesses along with Lord Jim Knight, Lord Graham Tope and Emma Hardy MP. The following experts gave evidence:

  • Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, Professor of Social Psychology, Department of Media and Communications, LSE
  • Ben de Pear, Editor, Channel 4 News
  • Ben Hicks, Executive Director, The Guardian Foundation
  • Nicky Cox MBE, Editor, First News
  • Liz Robinson, Head teacher, Surrey Square Primary School, Southwark
  • Karim Palant, Public Policy Manager UK Facebook
  • Ms Theisinger, Literacy coordinator, Claycots School, Slough, London
  • Anna Bassi, Editor, The Week Junior
  • Shiri Einav, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science, University of Nottingham
  • Richard Addis, Chairman and Editor in Chief, The Day

All the evidence collected as part of the commission will be published in a final report in summer 2018 to include recommendations for government and the education sector. We will also be releasing teaching resources and advice for parents.

The deadline for submitting written evidence is 28 February 2018. Please email your submission to

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy launched the Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills in Schools on 13 September 2017. For more information about our commission, click here.

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