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An independent charity that leverages the journalistic expertise of The Economist newspaper.

The Economist Educational Foundation

United Kingdom
We enable inspiring discussions about the news in, and between, schools.
Introduction

Giving young people the skills to think for themselves about current affairs.

Emily Evans, Founder and CEO
“News literacy has never been so important. ”

Emily Evans, Founder and CEO

We enable inspiring discussions about the news in, and between, schools. Discussions that invite young people to be curious about the world’s biggest ideas and challenges, and consider what should be done about them.

Joining these discussions inspires young people to think big about the world and their possibilities in it. Just as importantly, it builds essential knowledge of current affairs, critical thinking, communication skills and confidence.

These news literacy capabilities can help to change a young person’s life. They’re hugely valuable socially, in education, in the workplace and in public life. They're increasingly important for thriving in the modern world.

What we do

We provide all that's needed for thoughtful topical discussions to take place in classrooms and between schools in different communities all over the UK:

-Original, multimedia news content for young people

-Teaching resources

-Teacher training

-Innovative online discussion platforms

-Bespoke implementation support

-Prestigious recognition and rewards

We're passionate about providing as many young people as possible with the opportunity to join these conversations, and we have ambitious plans to work with many more schools in the coming two years.

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Innovation Overview
8 - 15
Age Group
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Children/Users
1
Country
2012
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For-profit
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142
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Our core programme, the Burnet News Club, provides teachers in non-selective state schools with all they need to run a weekly news club. The cost for schools is £1000. This is significantly less than it costs us to deliver the programme in each school: we heavily subsidise the cost by fundraising. We provide multimedia news content, detailed activity guides, resources, teacher training, and a unique online discussion and learning platform. On the platform students publish their work, join UK-wide discussions with their peers and receive expert feedback from our teaching staff and leading topic experts from CEOs to politicians.
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