The Issue

The Issue

Each half term Burnet News Club members discuss a new issue in the news. Clubs all over the UK explore the same issues at the same time, sharing their views in sessions at school and here on the online Hub. On this page club members can see all the news content and resources that we provide to support their discussions on each issue.

NOTE: 'The Issue' pages are usually restricted to BNC clubs only, but this current issue on gender equality is freely available as a sample issue.

'The Issue' is a six-hour scheme of work. Each scheme of work leads students through a unique process to critically engage with the issue. Our schemes of work include multimedia current affairs content designed with journalists at The Economist, weekly session guides, and interactive activities. It is only available to Burnet News Club members. If you are interested in joining the club, please email You can see a sample current issue here, and all issues from past school years are available to Burnet News Club schools here.

Burnet News Club Issue - 2018: Year of the Woman

Current issue
2018: Year of the Woman

Hundreds of famous entertainers have launched a campaign against the harassment of women. The campaign, called ‘Time’s Up’, is a reminder that women are still sometimes mistreated simply because they are female.

Throughout history, women have almost always been discriminated against. They still are, but things have got much better, especially in rich countries. In 1893, only one country (New Zealand) allowed women to vote. Now women can vote almost everywhere. They have also made progress in education. Now, most new university graduates across the world are women. Over the past 50 years, lots more women have started getting jobs instead of doing unpaid work at home. But women still do not have full equality.

So, Burnet News Club, is this an issue just for the girls?

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