Sample Issue



The Burnet News Club covered this issue in April and May 2017

The Burnet News Club is a network of school news clubs. It develops young people's critical thinking skills and literacy through engagement with current affairs.

Each half term, teachers in each school receive a 6-hour scheme of work on a new topical issue. Using the current affairs content, teaching resources and session plans provided, they run a Burnet News Club session for one hour per week. 

After each classroom session, all the students across the UK come together in lively online discussions, and receive feedback from inspiring experts.

This sample scheme of work is about fake news and its impact on democracy.

This sample scheme of work includes:

  • Multimedia current affairs content for young people
  • Detailed session guides  
  • Unique resources including videos and games
  • Interactive activities to explore different perspectives and support critical thinking skills and literacy
  • Guidance to help students create a final piece of work presenting their opinions

See how young people responded to this scheme of work here 


What’s the issue?

Everyone is talking about ‘fake news’ at the moment, after it became such a big thing during the American election. People accuse it of changing the election results and of deceiving the public. In this issue, we look at why fake news is such a big deal and how it could affect us.

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