Wall of Honour

Showcasing the best of the Burnet News Club. Here we show the winners of our weekly competition, list the clubs named as 'Thought Leader' for each Issue, and link to the annual Burnet News Club Award winners.


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

2019 - 2020 Thought Leaders

Issue 6 Thought Leader: Cancel Culture

New Horizons Children's Academy

Issue 5 Thought Leader: Building Back Greener

Beit Hanoun Prep A Girls School, Rafah Prep B Girls School and School College Pilote Sousse

Issue 4 Thought Leader: From pandemic to infodemic

Boutcher C of E Primary School

Issue 3 Thought Leader: Protest

Upton Cross Primary School

Issue 2: The Future of Work

Cheam Common Junior Academy

Issue 1: The American election

Michael Faraday School

Issue 6: The Arts

Lyons Hall Primary School

Issue 5: Extreme Weather

Achimota Basic School

Issue 4: The Future of Health care

Hammond Junior School

Issue 3: Politicians and Power

Birchwood Primary School

Issue 2: Space Exploration

Noel Park Primary School

Issue 1: Hong Hong in Crisis

Graveney School

2018 - 2019 Thought Leaders

Issue 6: Climate emergency

Faringdon Community College were the final Thought Leaders of the year.

Issue 5: Trump's wall

The Thought Leader for Issue 5 is Morley Newlands Academy.

Issue 4: Democracy in a divided nation

Congratulations to Michael Faraday School, the Thought Leaders for Issue 4.

Issue 3: The rise of violent crime

The Ruth Gorse Academy were awarded Thought Leader for Issue 3.

Issue 2: Learning from the financial crisis

Ormiston Bushfield Academy were awarded Thought Leader for Issue 2.

Issue 1: Myanmar

Noel 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.

2017 - 2018 Thought Leaders

Issue 6: World Cup 2018

Elaine 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: Veganism

St 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 Equality

Streatham 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: Catalonia

Colegrave 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 Housing

Michael 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 Rights

St 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



Every year we hold a Burnet News Club Awards Ceremony at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

The ceremony celebrates another year of the club and recognises outstanding students from participating schools. Awards are presented to ten outstanding students, an outstanding teacher and an overall winning school.

Burnet News Club Awards Ceremony 2020

Winning School: Hammond Junior School
Teacher of the Year Award: Hamda Sheikh from Preston Manor School

Burnet News Club Awards Ceremony 2019

Winning School: Boutcher C of E Primary School
Teacher of the Year Award: Michael Baker from Faringdon Community College

Burnet News Club Awards Ceremony 2018

Winning School: Michael Faraday School
Outstanding Teacher Award: Diane Rougvie-Fevrier from St Gregory’s Primary School

Burnet News Club Awards Ceremony 2017

Winning School: Faringdon Community College
Outstanding Teacher Award: Claire Hofer from Elaine Primary Academy

Burnet News Club Awards Ceremony 2016

Winning School: Napier Community Primary School.

Burnet News Club Awards Ceremony 2015

Winning school: North Beckton Primary School