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NewsWise launches

NewsWise - a free programme for primary schools - launches this week to create a generation of news savvy children

NewsWise, created by the Guardian Foundation, National Literacy Trust, the PSHE Association and funded by Google, aims to empower every 9 to 11-year-old in the UK to gain the literacy skills and knowledge they need to navigate the world of news and misinformation.

The programme launches following a parliamentary commission which revealed that only 3.1% of primary school children have the requisite critical literacy skills to tell if a news story is real or fake, and that fake news is driving a culture of fear and anxiety amongst young people.The NewsWise programme was piloted in 12 schools across some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK and has helped almost 550 children to become ‘fake news detectives’.  

This week, NewsWise resources will be available for free to every primary school in the UK from www.theguardian.com/newswise. Created by specialist journalists, teachers and other education experts, they contain engaging lesson plans, videos and supporting resources, using real examples of news and fake news. Together, they take children on a journey from understanding what news is for, to identifying fake news, bias, opinion and rumour, to ultimately producing their own news reports on issues that matter to them.

As well as free resources, NewsWise will take exciting, interactive newsroom workshops directly into selected schools (chosen for their high proportion of children who are disadvantaged), giving pupils an authentic flavour of a newsroom.

The first NewsWise workshop for the 2018/19 academic year will take place on 20 September with Year 5 pupils at St Mark’s C of E (A) Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent. The city is one of nine National Literacy Trust Hubs, which bring together local partners to improve literacy levels, and is known locally as Stoke Reads. Children at St Mark’s will spend the day with the NewsWise team learning how to spot fake news, separate bias and opinion from fact, and create their own news reports. The NewsWise team will then tour the UK from late September, visiting schools in similarly underrepresented areas.

To continue reading the press release: https://www.theguardian.com/gnm-press-office/2018/sep/18/newswise-a-free-programme-for-primary-schools-to-create-a-generation-of-news-savvy-children  

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