Welcome to the Burnet News Club Hub

Schools across the UK participate in the Burnet News Club, holding weekly discussions on the world’s most pressing questions. It’s a programme with impact: students make significant progress in oracy, critical thinking, and each session boosts their cultural capital. On this website, students continue their discussions with peers, teachers on the Burnet News Club team and expert contributors.

The Burnet News Club gives teachers and students everything they need to have inspiring discussions about the news.


How the Burnet News Club works

Each half-term, teachers receive a fully resourced, six-session scheme of work that covers one current affairs topic in-depth. The resources can be used to run an extra-curricular club or to embed news literacy within your existing curriculum.

Between sessions, students connect with peers across the UK here, on our unique discussion platform.

Teachers are supported throughout the year: membership includes a whole day of teacher training and on-hand support from your own designated member of our schools team.

The Burnet News Club Skills

BNC Skills 2020 Descriptions

There are four skills which are embedded across all content and activities. Not only are they hugely valuable in school, university and employment, they’re also essential for forming an accurate picture of the world in the face of misinformation, opinion bubbles and polarised debates in the media. Throughout the year, Burnet News Club students also cover our unique "News Curriculum".

Quite simply, the club has been a revelation. Every week, new and interesting resources are produced and available, all of which go hand-in-hand with relevant and appropriate termly topics. These resources are accessible to all types of learners; they are bespoke, carefully-thought out and allow students to improve across a number of key skills.

BNC Teacher

Get involved with the Burnet News Club



The Burnet News Club is open to all UK non-selective state schools. Membership lasts for a full academic year.

Not a UK state school? See what else we have to offer here.


Multi academy trusts

We offer benefits to MATs such as bespoke teacher training and events to bring teachers from different schools together. Burnet News Club creates meaningful connections between schools, and we can implement it in a way that supports your strategies and priorities. If you are interested to hear more, get in touch.



The Burnet News Club exists because of the community of young people, teachers and supporters who make it happen. If you would like to support the programme by donating funding or expertise then we would love to hear from you.


hundrED 2020 Innovation

We've been selected for the HundrED 2020 Collection! The HundrED organisation select 100 education innovations focusing on impact and scalability.

The Economist Educational Foundation

The Burnet News Club is run by The Economist Educational Foundation, an independent charity set up by The Economist newspaper.

We enable inspiring discussions about the news in, and between, schools. Discussions that invite young people to be curious about the world’s biggest ideas and challenges, and consider what should be done about them.

St Peters Olivia

Our team

See who runs the Burnet News Club