Our News Curriculum

The Economist Foundation’s unique News Curriculum consists of four areas which students in the Burnet News Club will address over an academic year.

In the Burnet News Club, we focus on developing students' knowledge of the news, including:

  • knowledge of what what we mean by news
  • knowledge of how to question the news
  • knowledge of specific news stories
  • knowledge of connections within the news

These areas of knowledge are hugely valuable both in school and life. They help students develop sound opinions backed up by evidence and enhance their holistic understanding of the world around them.

Read on for what Burnet News Club students cover over the course of the year.

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What we mean by news

What counts as the news and where to find the news

  • The history of the news
  • News in the digital age
  • Important concepts (power, justice and scarcity)
  • Relevant vocabulary (for example, “tabloid” and “social media”)
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Questioning the news

  • What makes a trustworthy news source (independence, accuracy, diversity of voices, expertise and transparency)
  • Misinformation and fake news (why it exists and how to spot it)
  • Social media (how it affects the news we see)
  • Relevant vocabulary (for example, “trust”, “scepticism”, “fact”, “opinion” and “bias”)
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Specific news stories

  • Background context (for example, relevant history)
  • Current facts
  • The most important perspectives and voices
  • Relevant vocabulary
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Making connections

Making connections between:

  • different events in the news, including events affecting different groups of people, local and global events, or past and present events
  • the news and school subjects (for example, History, PHSE or Citizenship)
  • news stories and news concepts, including power, justice and scarcity
  • Vocabulary to support making connections (for example, “similarly” and “in contrast”)