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First News for International Schools

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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The First News newspaper has become a weekly staple for young people in more than 9,000 schools across the country and internationally because of its recognised success in engaging children with reading news while improving their core literacy levels.

Created for children between the ages of 7 and 14, available as both print and digital editions, First News contains both bite-sized news and in-depth special reports, appealing to different reader types and levels. First News covers a range of stories from across the globe, cultivating a love of learning about the world.
Find out more about the newspaper.

Online iHub

For an interactive learning experience, the iHub’s news-based comprehensions, vocabulary puzzles, polls and debates are automatically assigned to each pupil at their suited reading level, for KS2 to KS3.

With an instant marking feature, homework option and points awarded, the iHub engages, encourages accuracy, and motivates students to develop crucial skills through growing their knowledge of local, national and global news. Teachers can benefit from weekly, pre-prepared lesson and homework content, time-saving features and the ability to track and measure pupil progress.
Find out more about the iHub.

Activity Sheets

Available every Friday during term time, Activity Sheets are printable comprehensions, quizzes, vocabulary puzzles and debates based on the week’s news stories from around the world featured in First News.

Created in three reading levels for KS2 to KS3, they encourage children to delve into the detail of news stories and develop their skills around evaluating information and forming reasoned responses. With the flexibility to assign the most suitable level for whole classes or groups of pupils, Activity Sheets support you in developing children’s skills in the most applicable way to achieve the best results.
Find out more about Activity Sheets.



We’ll email you the latest PDF edition of First News, which you can share with your colleagues and students. Alongside this, you will also receive a full pack of the week’s Activity Sheets.


Get 30-days free access to weekly, interactive online reading activities for Key Stages 2 and 3, giving students engaging work that they can complete either in school or at home every week.



Not ready to invest in a year’s subscription? No problem, we’ve made short-term subscriptions available for you. Purchase any product or package and choose the number of weeks that suit you, from 3 weeks or more.    
expires 12 June 2020


Ready to start the new school year with First News Education? Purchase an annual subscription starting in August or September and save 15% on your first year, across all recommended and bespoke packages.
Quote code AUTUMN15*
expires 17 July 2020.
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To take advantage of one of these limited-time offers or for advice on which package will work best for your school, speak to a member of the team on (+44) 01371 851 898, weekdays from 9.00 to 17.00 GMT (excluding UK Bank Holidays), or email [email protected]

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.


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 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

“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


Add the digital newspaper, Activity Sheets or the iHub to your subscription and receive 15% off the additional product!

Contact us on 01371 851 898 or email [email protected] and quote 15OFFSUB
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Offer available exclusively for schools who do not have an active subscription with First News Education. All orders must be placed by 5pm on 12 June 2020. Payments must be made by card, at the time the order is placed. We cannot invoice for any short-term subscription. The minimum subscription term is 3 weeks. Subscription must end by 17 July 2020. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer codes. Costs will be quoted based on the pro-rated amount of the standard cost of the package, based on the length of the subscription. SUMMERSHORT is only valid when orders are placed by phone or email and cannot be used online. 

All orders must be placed by 5pm on 17 July 2020. Payment can be made by card or can be invoiced. Invoices will be sent at the start of the new academic year unless requested immediately. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer codes. The 15% off discount applies to any package combination, and will apply to the first year of the subscription only. Subscriptions will automatically renew at full rate, in line with our standards Terms. AUTUMN15 can be used online at schools.firstnews.co.uk/pricing or via our Subscriptions Team, at [email protected] or on  (+44) 01371 851 898, weekdays 9.00am to 5.00pm (excluding UK bank holidays).

Offer code is available to existing customers only. Code expires 31/12/2020 and may only be used to add Activity Sheets, the iHub or the Digital Edition of the newspaper to your First News Education package if not already in your subscription. Codes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Upgrades added to your subscription will run until your renewal when the full price will be applied. 15OFFSUB is only valid when orders are placed by phone or email and cannot be used online.