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.

First News for International Schools

For 10 years First News has been bringing the news into classrooms across the UK. Now, a growing number of schools internationally are discovering the benefits that regular newspaper reading has for their pupils. 

First News is a quality newspaper written especially for young people living and learning around the world.

With our unique perspective on current affairs, we’re fuelling the conversations that matter in classrooms worldwide.

With our unique global perspective on current affairs we’re fuelling the conversations that matter in classrooms worldwide.

 National Literacy Trust Research

The UK’s National Literacy Trust has shown that the First News reading packages can ‘significantly improve’ literacy in schools.

Their research illustrates how our literacy teaching resources can improve children’s inferential knowledge, deduction skills and spark a love of reading to last a lifetime.

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


A trusted literacy resource

For teachers, First News is a trusted literacy resource. It offers new and exciting reading material each week for children always hungry for more, as well as tailored, topical teaching resources for subscribing schools. Our reading packages and the new online Literacy iHub are ideal teaching resources to integrate into your school’s literacy programme, supporting work in the classroom and at home.

Worldwide coverage

Each week, our newspaper covers key issues from all regions of the world. We help children understand global events with expertly written and researched articles, easy to digest articles and amazing images.

Literacy iHub

  • Our recently launched, interactive online literacy tool helps develop vocabulary, analytical and critical thinking skills for children of all ages.
  • Using comprehensions, crosswords and many more age-appropriate activities, children are taught to engage more deeply with the stories they read in the newspaper, inspiring learning through current affairs.
  • Created by teachers, for teachers, this fantastic resource is revolutionising the classroom experience through an exciting, easy-to-use format!
  • iHub was shortlisted for the BETT Awards 2017 in the Primary Digital Content category

Interactive fun

And don’t forget, each edition comes packed with interactive fun. Puzzles, quizzes, crosswords and online polls all make for an immersive reading experience.

The Newspaper

The Newspaper

  • A quality newspaper for 7 – 14 year olds
  • Weekly print, online and tablet editions
  • Always topical, with a huge range of articles

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  • A unique online literacy tool for every school
  • Interactive, digital teaching resources
  • Pupils earn virtual rewards for task completed

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The Reading Package

The Reading Package

  • New sets of teaching resources created each week
  • Reading activities for every key stage
  • Easy to integrate into schools’ reading programmes

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First News has broadened the range of what children are offered to read by giving them access to – and a voice within – news and current affairs.”

Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust

Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust

The articles are relevant to me and easy to understand. Whatever mood you are in there is a story for you.”

Georgia Organ, St Julian’s School, Lisbon

Georgia Organ, St Julian’s School, Lisbon