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.

What We Offer

First News is the only newspaper for children aged between 7-14 years old. It is available in print and digital format, and is accompanied by a range of products that are designed to engage all readers and develop their reading skills.

The Newspaper

First News is delivered every Friday to nearly 10,000 schools both in the UK and internationally.

With a huge range of articles, there’s something for everyone in each issue. Teachers say that children of all abilities enjoy it, and it develops and stretches their literacy skills. Plus, each issue is packed with puzzles, quizzes and polls giving children the chance to develop vital skills.

Weekly Reading Activities

What are the reading activities?
What are the reading activities?

Our reading activities are available every Friday. The topical comprehensions, word puzzles, debates and news quizzes are based on that week's newspaper.

How does it help pupils
How does it help pupils' learning?

The reading activities develop pupils' knowledge, ideas, opinions and vocabulary of cross-curricular content. They improve core reading skills including inference, deduction, summarising and ability to form reasoned opinions.

Also included...
Also included...

- Unlimited access to our archive of teaching materials

- A weekly email with quick links to that week's resources

iHub

What is the iHub?
What is the iHub?

The iHub is our award-winning digital reading platform (BETT Awards, 2017).

It is updated weekly with topical debates, polls, comprehensions, word puzzles and writing challenges based on First News stories. It can be used on tablets, laptops and desktops.

How does the iHub help pupils
How does the iHub help pupils' learning?

The iHub develops pupils' knowledge, ideas, opinions and vocabulary of cross-curricular content. Core reading skills including inference, deduction, summarising and the ability to form reasoned opinions are also developed. It engages children with topical debates and gives them the opportunity to express their opinion on world issues.

What are the benefits of the iHub?
What are the benefits of the iHub?

- The interactive platform gives instant feedback to pupils for multiple choice questions and vocabulary puzzles to reinforce learning
- Pupils earn virtual rewards to motivate and promote accurate reading
- Teachers can monitor and review progress in the dashboard
- It can be used in school or home
- Pupils can work individually, in pairs or groups

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International schools
International schools

Each week, our newspaper covers key issues from all regions of the world. We help children understand global events with expertly written and researched articles, easy to digest articles and amazing images. Plus, each edition is packed with puzzles, quizzes, crosswords and polls to create an immersive reading experience.

Home Educators
Home Educators

First News is a weekly newspaper for 7-14 year olds. As a home educator, you can subscribe to First News and get access to our weekly reading activities for Key Stages 2-3 (P4-S2). There are a range of different packages to choose from.

Literacy at home
Literacy at home

We want to call on your passion for literacy to encourage parents to sign up to First News at home. Find out more about our introductory offer for parents and print a leaflet to add to children's book bags.

Speak to a member of our team

If you have any questions about subscribing to First News you can call us on 0203 195 7256 (Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:30pm) or visit our help section.

Alex
Schools Subscription Executive
Blake
Schools Subscription Executive