About the club

About the club

The Burnet News Club is a network of unique, inspiring school news clubs in the UK. Named after Sir Alastair Burnet, the club equips disadvantaged young people with what they need to have their say about current affairs.

THE NUMBERS | OUR YEAR SO FAR...

614

POSTS

7,174

COMMENTS

61

SCHOOLS

61

TEACHERS TRAINED

KNOWLEDGE

Club members gain access to exceptional current affairs content for young people from The Economist. We never dumb news stories down, instead we make the news accessible for eight-year-olds and upwards by explaining the important context and concepts. We cover the issues that matter with insight and depth, and we ask the challenging questions. We bring the news to life with engaging, interactive, mix-media formats. Our content is designed to build up understanding of core concepts that are essential to making sense of current affairs.

SKILLS

The Club focuses on developing a particular set of thinking skills which are essential for forming independent opinions and supporting these with sound, persuasive arguments.

The BNC Hub

The Burnet News Club Hub is a safe space for students to discuss their opinions with other Club members across the UK. We invite senior experts in business and politics to respond to Club members’ posts, to help develop their ideas. The Economist Educational Foundation’s specialist team gives students encouraging personalised feedback and guidance on the Hub every day, with a focus on developing their Burnet News Club skills and concepts.

AUTHENTIC AUDIENCE

Students are able to publish their opinions on the Burnet News Club Hub, a respected public platform with an authentic audience of hundreds of other Club members plus senior experts in business and politics whom we invite to respond to students’ posts.

How does the club work?

We give teachers the training, exceptional current affairs content, resources and support they need to run one of our unique news clubs at their school.

Clubs run for one hour per week either after school or in lesson time. All clubs in the network focus on the same issue in the news at the same time. We explore a new issue each half term. The club is for disadvantaged students aged 8–16 at non-selective, non-fee paying schools in the UK.

 A PLACE IN THE CLUB INCLUDES:

  • Exceptional current affairs content for young people from The Economist all year
  • Responses to students from a wide, authentic audience including business experts
  • Complete teaching resources to run the Club each week
  • Training and support to get the most from the Club and teach the Burnet News Club skills and current affairs concepts
  • Personalised guidance and support for your students from our team on the Hub
  • Impact tracking: we can track your club’s progress and development of core skills
  • Opportunity to take part in inspiring events exclusively for Burnet News Club members
  • Chance for your school or students to win an award at the Burnet News Club Awards ceremony

TEACHER // NAPIER COMMUNITY PRIMARY ACADEMY

"The club has had a profound impact in the lives of the pupils we serve; in terms of confidence, self-esteem, criticality and engagement with current affairs.It has also set them on a course toward being engaged and questioning citizens."

CORE SKILLS

CURIOSITY

The determination to explore the unknown.
The desire to ask questions and understand more.

SCEPTICISM

Being hard to deceive.
The ability to query and challenge information rather than simply accepting it.

LOGIC

The ability to make sense.
The ability to use strong, relevant reasons to support opinions and form these into a coherent argument that makes sense.

STORYTELLING

The power to persuade.
The ability to keep people’s attention and make them care about something by affecting their feelings.

NEGOTIATION

The ability to find common ground.
The ability to find solutions or reach an understanding with people who have different opinions to you.

Download our impact report to see the meaningful impact the Burnet News Club is having on young people’s lives.

STUDENT // YEAR 6

"At the beginning I didn’t write as much as I could have done but now I can write a lot more detail and explain fully about what I’m saying. [The BNC] helped me give reasons for my own opinions and give evidence to support what I’m saying."

Highlights from the Burnet News Club 2016

A news report, showing some of the highlights from the 2015/16 Burnet News Club. This video showcases interviews with our teachers and students about the impact the Burnet News Club is having in their schools.

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