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 newspaper

First News is the UK’s original, award winning children’s newspaper.  Written especially for 7 – 14 year olds, First News brings literacy to life for millions of young people every week.

Our rich mix of accessible journalism and fun features is designed to boost literacy and engage curious, young minds.

Something for everyone

With a huge range of stories and articles published each week, there’s something for everyone in every issue.

Colourful, bursting with photos and beautifully designed, First News uses a combination of bitesize bulletins and longer form articles to deliver the news that really matters in ways our readers love.

A powerful literacy tool

From reluctant readers to high achievers, teachers say children of all abilities find First News develops and stretches their literacy skills.

What’s more, The National Literacy Trust has found that regularly reading First News leads to ‘significant improvements’ in literacy and encourages children to read for pleasure more often.

First News: reading skills for life

Using our newspaper, your pupils can naturally explore ideas of citizenship, learning more about the world through wide reading and informed discussion.

Teachers tell us First News fires up debate in the classroom, helping pupils find out the facts, form opinions and share their points of view with others.

Quizzes, puzzles and polls

First News is an interactive learning tool, too.  Every issue is packed with fun opportunities to respond, feedback and share.

Competitions, online polls, puzzles and quizzes make reading the paper a truly immersive experience.

How First News is transforming attitudes to reading


“Children love having the physical newspaper in class and sharing stories. Even those who typically don’t enjoy reading find the challenge they need in First News”

Shona Glackin, Class teacher, Martin Primary School


“Students are more engaged with First News than with fiction. I feel it really addresses a lack of general knowledge and helps develop world view ”

Melissande Box, Lead Literacy Teaching Assistant, Alexandra Park School


“It is a fantastic means of getting pupils reading and talking about what they read. It has fuelled many debates in my classroom”

Louise Maner, Longfield, Academy of Sport

First News is multi-platform

First News is published in print and tablet version every week.  We are a trusted introduction to a multi-platform world of news media.

First News is a trusted gateway

We believe there’s never been a more important time for young people to be well informed about the world around them.

First News, in all its formats, boosts literacy, and opens up the world to young minds.

We think First News is brilliant. It helps our reluctant readers engage. It teaches all our pupils about our country and the world.”

Anita Vine

Anita Vine


I have learned a lot from First News. I like the clear way it explains different issues.”

Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Year 7