Clubs discuss a new topic in the news every half term. At the end of each half term, we recognise the school that made the most valuable contributions to the discussions by naming them the ‘Thought Leader’.
We pick the Thought Leader by looking for these things on the Hub:
- In-depth knowledge of the issue
- Good use of the Burnet News Club skills
- Lots of interaction with other schools
Issue 6: Climate emergencyFaringdon Community College were the final Thought Leaders of the year.
Issue 5: Trump's wallThe Thought Leader for Issue 5 is Morley Newlands Academy.
Issue 4: Democracy in a divided nationCongratulations to Michael Faraday School, the Thought Leaders for Issue 4.
Issue 3: The rise of violent crimeThe Ruth Gorse Academy were awarded Thought Leader for Issue 3.
Issue 2: Learning from the financial crisisOrmiston Bushfield Academy were awarded Thought Leader for Issue 2.
Issue 1: MyanmarNoel Park were awarded the most stars per comment/post which showed their contributions were high quality. They demonstrated brilliant curiosity, open-mindedness, scepticism, reasoning and storytelling.
Issue 6: World Cup 2018Elaine Primary Academy demonstrated excellent participation in this year’s Burnet News Club, contributing to every Issue and continuing the high standard of input to the end of the year. They made fantastic Weekly Competition entries in this Issue, and wrote insightful questions for our Expert Contributors to ponder.
Issue 5: VeganismSt Saviour's & St Olave's School undertook a vegetarian challenge to better understand the veganism issue, writing reflective posts on the struggles they faced. Their club members submitted a range of video and written blog Final Pieces, had a great term's worth of creative competition entries and scepticism filled comments.
Issue 4: Gender EqualityStreatham Wells Primary School raised the bar with their high standard of Final Pieces, representing their views on ‘2018. Gender Equality’. A mix of sculpture and painting produced powerful, creative artworks. We enjoyed their open-minded posts which challenged our preconceived ideas about gender.
Issue 3: CataloniaColegrave Primary School’s Burnet News Club students immersed themselves in every way possible during this Issue. Lots of different club members joined the discussion online and posted well-developed comments, great Final Pieces were submitted and Weekly Competition entries resulted in all-round success.
Issue 2: Social HousingMichael Faraday School demonstrated curiosity rich questions and skilfully sceptical comments during this social housing Issue. The views of club members diverged as the Issue progressed, which resulted in a variety of solutions being presented clearly and confidently in their Final Pieces.
Issue 1: Russia and RightsSt Peter's Primary School impressed us throughout the first Issue of the year. Students contributed on the Hub right from the start, showing increasingly developed reasoning. It was evident that students' Final Pieces were well informed by the conversations they had taken part in online.
2016 - 2017 Thought Leaders
Issue 1: What is the cost of climate change? | Malcolm Arnold Academy
Issue 2: Fake news and democracy | Crampton Primary School
Issue 3: Health care: The future ofthe NHS | St Peter's Primary School
Issue 4: Syria:How do you think Britain should be involved? | St Mary's and St John's Primary School
Issue 5: Prisons: Punishment and Rehabilitation | Faringdon Community College
Issue 6: The American Election: Personality v Policies | Elaine Primary Academy
2015 - 2016 Thought Leaders
Issue 1: Rio 2016: Sport and Society | Graveney School
Issue 2: Brexit and the EU Referendum | Graveney School
Issue 3: Rights in the Modern World: Privacy, Freedom and Safety | Stroud Green Primary School
Issue 4: Housing and Communities in the UK | North Beckton Primary School
Burnet News Club Awards Ceremony 2019Winning School: Boutcher C of E Primary School
Teacher of the Year Award: Michael Baker from Faringdon Community College
Burnet News Club Awards Ceremony 2018Winning School: Michael Faraday School
Outstanding Teacher Award: Diane Rougvie-Fevrier from St Gregory’s Primary School
Burnet News Club Awards Ceremony 2017Winning School: Faringdon Community College
Outstanding Teacher Award: Claire Hofer from Elaine Primary Academy