NewsWise news literacy project and resources

NewsWise news literacy project and resources

We work in partnership with the Guardian Foundation and National Literacy Trust, with funding from Google, to deliver a range of news literacy training and resources for primary schools as part of the award-winning NewsWise project.

NewsWise aims to empower children with the skills and knowledge they need to make sense of what they read, see and hear in an era of fake news. It helps them to enjoy engaging with the news, to feel confident in asking questions and challenging misinformation, and to form their own values and opinions about what is happening around them.

The project includes a series of cross-curricular lesson plans, online resources, a teacher guide and journalism workshops for 9-11 year-olds. Materials are mapped to the PSHE Programme of Study and are free to all schools across the UK.

In October 2019 NewsWise added three new PSHE education lesson plans to its suite of free KS2 teaching materials. These latest lessons are linked to the new statutory Health Education and Relationships Education guidance, and cover:

  • Managing feelings about the news (lesson 3) — a lesson that explores the emotional impact of news and gives pupils strategies to manage it
  • Spotting fake news (lesson 5) — a lesson to help pupils understand the nature of fake news and its potentially harmful impact on individuals
  • Understanding that news is targeted (lesson 6) — a lesson that helps pupils to understand that online information is ranked, selected and targeted and supports them to become critical consumers of such information

Access the NewsWise lessons & resources

This work builds on a very successful first year for the programme. A year-one evaluation found that children who took part in NewsWise developed a deeper understanding of why and how news stories are created, reported greater confidence when navigating news and showed increased critical engagement with the news. And the programme won a prestigious UNESCO Media Literacy award in September 2019.

Our Chief Executive Jonathan says:
“We are delighted to be part of the NewsWise project as it goes from strength-to-strength, building on the proven impact of year one to ensure more children, and parents, gain the confidence and skills to engage with the news effectively.”

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