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Agora 2020

Join schools around the UK for Agora, a whole-day classroom experience which puts students at the heart of an evolving narrative.

Teachers will take a group of students off timetable for the day, as they react to unfolding events in real-time and face tough choices that affect what happens next.

This year's big question: Should a whistle-blower be punished for leaking classified information?

This year's big question:
Should a whistle-blower be punished for leaking classified information?


How does Agora work?

  • Fictional films are simultaneously screened into classrooms, as each key character explains their main argument in the debate. After each film, teachers lead ready-prepared activities to stimulate critical thinking and discussion about what students have just seen.
  • The story is presented as if it’s happening at that moment, to give students a taste of the ‘high-stakes’ excitement of watching a news story as it unfolds. To help immerse students in the story, props and resources are sent to each classroom.
  • Between discussion activities, students link up via the Agora platform to share their opinions with schools across the UK.
  • At the end of the day, everyone casts a vote to decide how the story should end and sees the consequence of their choice for the characters.

Agora is supported by the Peter Sowerby Foundation.

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A whole day of news literacy

Everything is included: we send you everything for your class (up to 30) to take part and for you to feel supported. This includes a teacher briefing pack, website access and every resource printed and prepared.

Who takes part?
Primary and secondary schools across the UK. Ideal for years 5-8.

When and where?
March 20th 2020 9am-3pm, in your classroom.

How much?

We ask schools to schools to contribute £200 per class towards the running of this event.