First News for Schools - First News is the UK's only newspaper for young people and a highly engaging literacy resource for schools. A range of school packages are available, including our new Literacy iHub, a digital literacy tool for 7-14 year olds.

Crowdfunding FAQs

If your school’s budget won’t stretch to a First News Education package, why not try crowdfunding? It’s a great way to raise money to fund your ideal First News Education tools, whether you’re looking to introduce the newspaper to your class for the first time or enhance your approach to literacy with Activity Sheets or the iHub.


How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding is a simple way to get your whole community involved in supporting your school. You can raise funds for First News Education tools that you feel would benefit you, your teachers and your pupils – such as a subscription to First News or access to the iHub or Activity Sheets.

Simply decide whether you’d like the printed newspaper delivered to your classroom each week, or the digital edition. Would you like to add access to the iHub and Activity Sheets, too? Once you’ve worked out what you need, you can set up a crowdfunding page quickly and easily and start raising funds towards your subscription.


Who can set up a crowdfunding page for my school?
Teachers or governors can set up a crowdfunding page for a First News subscription. If parents or pupils are keen to set one up, please speak to a teacher first.


How can people contribute to the crowdfunding campaign?
Individuals or businesses can donate securely online via your crowdfunding page. They can leave a message of support or donate anonymously.


How long will my crowdfunding page last?
We will keep your crowdfunding page live for up to 3 months. If you don’t raise enough funds within this time, you can either extend your campaign or close your page. If you decide to end your campaign, we will refund all donations received.


What happens if we raise too much money for the subscription?
If you raise more money than you need, we can extend the term of your subscription accordingly, or refund the additional funds. Please contact us at to discuss your options.


What happens if we don’t reach the target by the time the campaign ends?
If you don’t reach the target you set, there are several options: We could close the campaign for you and refund all money donated, or you could extend the campaign for another month. Please contact us at to discuss ways in which we could support you to achieve your target.


Can I change my mind and spend the money on something else instead?
If you decide to change your First News Education package (for example, add more newspapers or remove one of the tools ), then you can do so by editing your campaign and changing your package option. If your crowdfunding campaign has closed, please contact us at to discuss your options.


How can I cancel my school’s crowdfunding page?
If you are the person who set up the crowdfunding page, simply log in to your account to cancel your crowdfunding campaign. We will refund any donations already received.