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.

How do I integrate First News in my school?

First News is most effective in schools when it is integrated into lessons. The NLT research has shown that using First News in guided reading can ‘significantly improve’ reading.

Our best practice guidance is to use First News in two reading slots each week:

  • Reading for pleasure and information to find out what’s going on in the world
  • Or, with the News Quiz Activity to find and identify topical facts and information.
  • Use a range of reading skills to investigate and understand a news report in depth
  • Structured questions provide support
  • Develop knowledge, ideas, opinions and vocabulary

Primary School Guided Reading

Example Lesson Plan for Guided Reading

Inset support materials

Presentation: Engage, motivate and develop core-reading skills with First News

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