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First News Newspaper

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Covering politics to entertainment, sports to science and everything in between, the First News newspaper has become a weekly staple for young people in more than 9,000 schools and thousands of homes 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. With no political affiliations, First News upholds a balance between positive stories and hard-hitting news, cultivating a love of learning about the world while providing reassuring context to more complex topics.

Using news as a foundation to learning develops children’s ability to identify and understand the way facts are presented, explore detail in-depth and evaluate information accurately, a crucial skill for exam preparation. First News not only progresses these academic skills but supports children’s personal and emotional development, growing their confidence and expanding their knowledge, empathy and global awareness.

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
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