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As more and more schools turn to embedding news into the classroom, it is increasingly important to consider effective methods for news-based teaching. Whether your school is teaching English as a foreign language or is looking to improve English language skills, engage reluctant readers, grow literacy levels or get children talking and writing about UK and global news, our news and literacy tools can help you and your students achieve it.

First News Education provides teaching professionals in primary and secondary schools in more than 60 countries across the globe, with a solution to engaging students through news. Published in the UK, the First News newspaper is read by over two million young people each week. It covers major events from the UK and around the world, including key news, politics, science break throughs, environmental stories, and the more light-hearted sports, entertainment and puzzles.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPER

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First News, the weekly newspaper for 7 to 14 year olds, has launched First News International, specially for schools who are looking for more global coverage throughout their news-based learning. Published every Friday over 52 issues, First News International is available for an unlimited number of teachers and pupils to use across computers, tablets and phones. From the world’s biggest stories, to sports, science, entertainment and more, First News International delivers engaging, trustworthy news to young people, while developing their core reading and language skills. Find out more about the digital newspaper.

Interested in the First News UK Edition instead? Find out more here.

ONLINE iHUB

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The Bett award-winning iHub delivers weekly comprehensions, vocabulary puzzles, polls and debate topics based on the latest stories in the newspaper. Each week, articles are selected by our experienced education team to form online reading activities for Lower KS2, Upper KS2 and KS3. The iHub automatically tailors these at the reading level assigned to each pupil, saving teachers valuable time and enabling students to learn at the right pace. The platform can be customised to suit your lesson and homework plans, including the choice to select or automatically assign activities to complete each week. A reporting dashboard offers insight into pupil progress, helping you to drive motivation through rewarding achievements and identify where extra support may be needed.

USED IN SCHOOLS IN OVER 50 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD

Proven to significantly elevate children’s reading attitudes and skills

Independent research was carried out by the National Literacy Trust over 8 weeks in 15 schools, integrating the newspaper and Activity Sheets into weekly reading to access the impact of introducing First News Education into KS2 classes.

THE RESULTS

By reading and discussing news regularly, pupils:

– Made significantly more progress with their reading comprehension than expected, and developed more complex inference and deduction skills

– Developed more confidence in their own reading, and were motivated to read more widely in their own time

THE SKILL AND WILL OF BECOMING A COMPLETE READER*

The evaluation findings support existing research showing that children need to be motivated to read, as well as having the skills to do so, in order to succeed.

You can read more about The National Literacy Trust’s research here

*Igniting a Passion for Reading, Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers by Steven Layne

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“We are absolutely loving it – the students are really engaged and the English department gave it a huge thumbs up.”

 Ms McGauley, Senior Librarian, Jumeirah English Speaking School, Dubai

“The debating and poll elements of the newspaper are fantastic and support our whole-school focus on developing oracy superbly”

St Michael’s Catholic School, Wycombe, England

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