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Many children don’t have the critical literacy skills they need to survive and thrive in a digital world. Through NewsWise, we help teachers empower pupils to access, understand, analyse and participate in the news.

About the programme

NewsWise is a free, cross-curricular news literacy project for 7-to-11-year-olds across the UK. It helps teachers empower their Key Stage 2 (P4 to P7) pupils to understand, critically navigate and report real news.

Participation is free for schools and provides teachers with a suite of curriculum-based lesson plans, online resources, exciting school workshops and opportunities to speak to real journalists.

NewsWise has been developed through a partnership comprising the Guardian Foundation, the PSHE Association and the National Literacy Trust.

We always welcome expressions of interest from schools, as well as from teacher champions willing to help spread the word about the project.

Get involved with NewsWise

Current opportunities

Register your interest in taking part in the full NewsWise programme. Available to primary schools across the UK with above average rates of free school meal eligibility.

Participation is free and you will enjoy:

  • our fully planned cross-curricular English and PSHE unit of work, with lesson plans and resources designed by teachers and critical literacy experts, tailored to the age range of your class
  • an Enter the Newsroom virtual workshop for years 3, 4, 5, and/or 6
  • the opportunity for your pupils to meet/hear from journalists
  • a pre-project CPD training session
  • a set of Guardian newspapers for each class
  • opportunities to showcase your pupils’ work on our website
  • a year of National Literacy Trust membership

What will you be expected to do?

  • Attend pre-project training
  • Arrange for your class to take part in a virtual workshop
  • Deliver the unit of work building on knowledge gained through the workshop. This takes three to five weeks to teach in full
  • Complete evaluation surveys

Ready to get started?

Register now to participate

Upcoming teacher training

We run training sessions for teachers across the UK with lots of practical examples and resources to develop critical literacy skills in the classroom and to help pupils to engage with, analyse, question and produce news.

Sign up for free webinars

Free NewsWise resources for teachers

Our resources are freely available for everyone to use. Download the resources and run your own NewsWise project in your classroom. Join one of our free training sessions to find out more about developing pupils' critical literacy skills and transforming your classroom into a newsroom.

Fake news and critical literacy

Today’s children are growing up in a globalised world and are processing information from a wider range of sources than ever before. To navigate the potential pitfalls of consuming news, particularly online and on social media, children need strong critical literacy skills.

Despite these critical literacy skills being taught at every stage of school life, our research shows that children and young people in England simply don’t have the critical literacy skills they need to identify fake news and thrive in a digital world.

Discover our research and reports below.

Our work on fake news and critical literacy

Find out more
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Latest research on news literacy and civic engagement

Read the Educating and Measuring News Literacy and Civic Engagement report in full
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