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A comprehension activity on First News Engage
A comprehension activity on First News Engage

First News Engage

The Bett award-winning online news and literacy platform

Engage with the latest news

Connect your pupils with interactive activities based on the latest stories in First News. Develop your pupils’ core literacy skills through comprehensions, vocabulary puzzles, polls and debate topics, all exploring the week’s top headlines from around the world.

First News Engage literacy activities - a vocabulary exercise, a debate topic and a crossword
Improving accuracy

Grow their skills and accuracy

All activities come in three reading levels, for Lower Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3. Pupils select a level each time they log in.

Instantly marked as they go, pupils earn points through each activity, incentivising them to improve their accuracy at each attempt. Plus, each activity’s scorecard can be saved or printed.

School-wide access

No matter the size of your school, First News Engage will give each pupil new, weekly reading activities and supporting news articles. Plus, a full collection of past activities to work through in their own time.

Getting started with First News Engage is as easy as ABC – every pupil can simply log in to the platform from a tablet or computer anywhere. No set-up is required!

School-wide access
Using First News Engage at home

Flexible teaching for classes and homework

Access the platform through your browser on a tablet or computer. Choose activities to suit your schedule, from automated weekly activities to selected assignments for class or homework.

First News Engage is the ideal tool for classroom and home learning, both during term and through holidays, also engaging parents with their child’s learning.

My Achievement Library dashboard on Engage Pro

Get the Full Experience with Engage Pro

Engage Pro provides the complete suite of tools for your class to thrive through news-based activities. Each pupil benefits from a fully personalised learning experience with activities automatically assigned their reading level. Track your pupils’ progress with the Teacher Dashboard and reward their success with custom badges and certificates.

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Features of First News Engage and First News Engage Pro side by side

The results I have seen include students having a greater awareness of world news and events. The multi-level activities have helped my lower level English students to be able to complete the “same” tasks as the rest of the class.”

Bilingual School of Modena, Italy