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.

The First News Printable Resources

The First News Printable Resources are a unique set of topical, reading activities created to accompany each issue of our paper.

Our activities are the ideal way to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom; showing your pupils how words really make a difference in the world.

Resources for every reading level

Each week the Printable Resources includes differentiated comprehensions, quizzes and puzzles for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Just click here to download free sample teaching resources.

National Literacy Trust Research

The National Literacy Trust has shown that our literacy teaching resources can ‘significantly improve’ literacy in primary and secondary schools.

Their research illustrates how our literacy resources can improve children’s inferential knowledge, deduction skills, and fuel a passion for discovery through reading. You can read more about The National Literacy Trust’s research here.

New teaching resources every week

New literacy resources are available exclusively each week to subscribers taking 6 copies or more (3 for infant schools).

All teachers in eligible schools can register for a weekly email with quick links to the resources for primary and secondary schools.

Access to our archive of resources

Your subscription to the printable resources also includes unlimited access to our archive of teaching materials, covering a huge range of topics and skills.

How the First News Printable Resources are transforming lessons

“The resources are a great way to engage pupils”
“The resources are a great way to engage pupils”

The comprehensions and weekly resources are fun, challenging and well thought out. They really develop children’s reading skills.

- S Green, Teacher

“First News is easy to integrate into Guided Reading”
“First News is easy to integrate into Guided Reading”

It was straightforward to integrate First News into my guided reading sessions. Where previously the focus was mainly on fiction, First News provided a new and exciting direction.

- Teacher, Fittleworth Primary

“These are wonderful resources”
“These are wonderful resources”

They’re brilliant for engaging my “reluctant readers”. I often use the news puzzles as a starter. The weekly debates are very good material to use with KS4 exam groups.

- Zoe Hinchcliffe, Teacher

An indispensible classroom resource

The First News printable resources transform our weekly newspaper into a unique and unrivalled teaching resource.

Our literacy resources are great for individual work, but they also provide stimulus for group work, as well as material for debates and assemblies.

Making the difference

There’s never been a more important time for young people to be informed about the world.

Our printable resources makes literacy topical and relevant. It’s just one of the ways we’re helping young people become skilled, enthusiastic and confident readers.

First News keeps me up to date with the news but tells me in a way I understand and can make my own opinion.”

Alex Turner

Alex Turner


First News gives children unrivaled insight into topics that kids should be taking an interest in.”

Melanie Blatt

Melanie Blatt