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First News reports on the biggest and most fascinating news from the UK and around the world every week, for children aged 7 to 14. Through growing each child’s global awareness, First News cultivates a love of reading and learning, which is why more than two and a half million* young people read First News every week.

From politics to entertainment, sports to science and everything in between, First News upholds a balance between positive stories and hard-hitting news, inspiring young minds with amazing facts and providing reassuring context to more complex issues. First News is also a platform for children to have their say and be heard. From a weekly poll to our general junior elections, First News gets to the bottom of what young people think, and helps schools around the world create communities of active, global citizens.

Published every Friday, choose to receive as many printed copies to your school as you need each week during term time or opt for year round, unlimited access for all teachers and pupils with the digital edition.

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Proven to significantly elevate children’s reading attitudes and skills

THE AIM

Investigate the impact of introducing First News Education into KS2 classes.

THE RESEARCH

Independent research carried out by the NLT over 8 weeks in 15 schools across the UK, integrating the newspaper and Activity Sheets into weekly reading.

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.

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

Maximise the impact of using First News in the classroom

Created exclusively for schools to supplement the newspaper, First News Education’s learning tools come in two forms, both comprised of weekly reading-based activities centred on the latest stories in the newspaper, developing children’s confidence in accurately accessing and responding to information, a crucial skill for exam preparation throughout their education.

The iHub

The most efficient way to engage pupils with interactive comprehensions, vocab puzzles, polls and debates, customised to suit each student’s abilities to support learning in the most applicable way

Activity Sheets

An offline alternative to the iHub, Activity Sheets are printable reading exercises, produced in our three aptitude levels to support the same tailored approach to learning but without the need for technology

First News key facts

  • First News is the UK’s only newspaper for young people
  • Over half of all UK schools subscribe to our paper
  • Founded in 2006 by Sarah and Steve Thomson with editor Nicky Cox
  • Read by more than 2 million young people every week
  • We are independently owned and have no political affiliations
  • Published as both print and digital editions every Friday

*Opinion Matters Survey, 2020

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