Why and how to discuss current affairs in the classroom


We will open with an engaging talk about news literacy, explaining why it’s one of the most important tools a young person needs to succeed in the modern world. We will then share practical activities that teachers can use to build their students’ news literacy competencies, focusing on using questioning and discussion-facilitation to develop knowledge, reasoning, curiosity, scepticism and open-mindedness. We’ll share some tips for discussing complex or sensitive issues with young people. Our aim is for attendees to leave inspired and equipped to bring current affairs into their classrooms.¬†This session will be run by The Economist Educational Foundation, an independent charity that uses the journalistic expertise of The Economist newspaper.

Across two days, over 250 sessions will take place at the Festival. A full timetable of sessions will be available from late May 2019. Until this point we will only be announcing the day(s) sessions will be taking place.