INSPIRING LEARNING THROUGH GLOBAL NEWS
First News Education provides schools with news-based learning tools for lessons, homework and remote-teaching, to support the development of core reading, writing and oracy skills in Key Stages 2 and 3. News is a unique form of non-fiction, proven to win over the most reluctant readers, but the benefits of learning through news are vast. Current events have reinforced how crucial it is for our young generations to feel informed and reassured about complex issues, and reminded of the positive news from around the world. It is our goal to equip young people with an enriched knowledge of the world and the fundamental skills they need to succeed throughout school and beyond.
The First News digital newspaper is available as either a UK or International edition, for schools to choose how much UK or global news coverage they prefer. Published weekly over 52 issues in the year, the digital newspaper offers school-wide access for all teachers and pupils, across all devices including computers, tablets and phones. Learn more about the digital newspaper and its many useful features.
Arriving in schools every Friday during term, First News delivers UK and worldwide news stories in an accessible, engaging way. As the UK’s only newspaper for young people, it’s packed with the latest stories and fascinating facts, from science, technology, politics, nature, sport and more. First News cultivates a love of reading, enriches knowledge, and improves core reading skills. Learn more about the printed newspaper.
The Bett-Award Winning iHub delivers weekly, interactive comprehensions, vocabulary puzzles, polls and debate topics based on the latest stories in First News. Activities are automatically tailored to suit each pupils’ abilities, saving teachers valuable time and ensuring each child has a personalised learning experience. As well as a free 30-day trial, we can offer complimentary, live demo tours. Learn more about the iHub.
Activity Sheets are printable comprehensions, vocabulary puzzles, quizzes and fortnightly debates, provided every week during term in three reading levels, to support our tailored approach to learning. Based on delving into the detail of the latest stories in First News, they encourage children to understand and evaluate information, and form reasoned responses. Learn more about Activity Sheets.
“We’ve recorded a notable improvement in both reading progress and attainment in all year groups across the school. We believe the weekly use of First News as part of our learning journey is a significant contributing factor to this. Our pupils have an increasing awareness of the wider world and we feel that our work with First News is helping us to give them the exposure to current world news that they need”
Gemma Hall, Assistant Head, Portway Primary School
“Within a very short space of time, we noticed how First News and its brilliant online resource, the iHub, was starting to engage some of our most reluctant readers. Some of these students, who had struggled getting engaged with fiction, suddenly became more enthused and animated in reading through having a greater interest in reading the news and topics that were of interest to them”
Richard Long, English Lead Practitioner, St Michael’s Catholic School
FIND THE IDEAL PACKAGE FOR YOUR SCHOOL
Thousands of primary and secondary schools have embedded First News Education across their curriculum, including reading sessions, English lessons, PSHE, Citizenship, intervention groups and extra-curricular activities such as school newspaper and debate clubs. Whether your school is looking to improve literacy levels or develop pupils’ global awareness, First News Education has a solution to help.