About the club

The Burnet News Club

A network of school news clubs which develops young people's critical thinking skills and literacy through cognitively-challenging discussions about current affairs.

An evidence-based schools programme from The Economist newspaper

HIGH QUALITY CLASSROOM DISCUSSIONS

Students question, reason and explain rather than just respond, to develop higher order thinking skills. BNC discussions deepen students’ knowledge of issues that affect their lives and build their confidence.

KNOWLEDGE

96%

of teachers say our news content is better than other news content for young people.

SKILLS

67%

more progress made by BNC students in the skills that the programme develops. Pupil Premium students make the most progress.

CONFIDENCE

75%+

of students said they felt more confident because they can give good reasons for their opinions.

WHY THE BURNET NEWS CLUB

About the Burnet News Club: High impact

The club has a proven impact on:

- Literacy
- Critical thinking and communication skills
- Building confidence

We rigorously measure impact.

About the Burnet News Club: Easy to run

Everything is provided – no planning required.

FLEXIBLE
Embed in your curriculum or as an extra-curricular activity.

About the Burnet News Club: Extensive training and resources
  • High quality training and year-round bespoke support
  • A complete scheme of work on a new topical issue every half-term
  • Engaging, multimedia news content for young people
  • An interactive online learning platform for your students
  • Feedback for your students from experts in journalism, business and politics.
About the Burnet News Club: Great value for money

100%

of teachers say Burnet News Club is good value for money.

As a charity we heavily subsidise the cost to schools, to keep the programme as affordable as possible.

About the Burnet News Club | Student recognition

"The Burnet News Club uses appropriate vocabulary we can understand and tells us what is actually going on in the world. That makes it feel more mature. I don’t feel childish."

BNC CLUB MEMBER

HOW THE CLUB WORKS

About the Burnet News Club | Scheme of work and teaching resources

Each half term, you’ll receive a complete scheme of work on a new topical issue. Everything is included, from detailed session guides to engaging interactive news content and resources.

About the Burnet News Club | Current affairs issue

Over six sessions, students explore the issue in depth. They’ll have cognitively challenging conversations and produce a final piece of work.

The critical thinking and communication skills that Burnet News Club develops:

About the Burnet News Club | Interactive Hub website

Between classroom sessions, students log in to the BNC Hub; an interactive learning platform which gives them:

  • A safe place to discuss opinions with other students across the UK
  • Daily feedback to develop skills
  • Feedback from experts across a range of industries
  • A way to publish work on a professional-looking platform with a wide audience
  • Fun competitions and ways to get involved
About the Burnet News Club | Student recognition

Students receive recognition throughout the year:

  • Annual awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace for nominated schools, teachers and students
  • Yearly publication of the BNC Annual, showcasing the best final pieces
  • A winning school for every issue
  • Weekly competitions on the Hub
  • Fun competitions and ways to get involved
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“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.”

BNC CLUB TEACHER

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

School places for the Burnet News Club 2018-19 are now open!
Find out how your school or MAT can be involved. 

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