Why thousands of schools choose First News Education
Although there are more sources of news than ever before, many are heavily biased, unreliable, or more concerned with clicks than being correct. First News is an independently-owned, non-partisan newspaper written especially for children. For more than fifteen years we have been reporting the news to children, listening to their views and campaigning on their behalf.
First News Education brings together First News and award-winning learning resources to provide schools with a complete solution for effective news-based learning, both in the classroom and for home-learning throughout KS2-3 (P4-S3). It is our goal to equip children with an enriched knowledge of the world and the fundamental reading, writing and oracy skills they need to succeed throughout school and beyond.
Thousands of schools across the country and internationally have successfully embedded First News Education across the curriculum, in English, PSHE, Citizenship, intervention groups, topical assemblies and in debate and school newspaper clubs.
Read by more than two and a half million* young people every week, First News reports on the biggest and most fascinating news from the UK and around the world, for children aged 7 to 14. From quick news to in-depth reports, First News covers a huge variety of topics, engaging every reader type while cultivating a love of learning.
The Bett award-winning Engage platform delivers interactive comprehensions, vocabulary puzzles, polls and debate topics based on the latest stories in the newspaper, for KS2 and KS3. Each activity is pre-crafted to three reading levels and marked automatically in the platform, saving teachers valuable time. Instantly marked as they go, pupils earn points through each activity, incentivising their accuracy.
Engage Printables are weekly comprehensions, vocabulary puzzles, quizzes and fortnightly debates, based on delving into the week’s news stories in First News. Created in three reading levels for Lower KS2, Upper KS2 and KS3, they provide fully prepared, printable lesson content every week alongside a subscription to First News print or digital newspaper.