Guardian Foundation, National Literacy Trust, PSHE Association and Google announce a news literacy programme for primary schools

The PSHE Association is delighted to be working with the National Literacy Trust and the Guardian Foundation on the News Wise news literacy programme announced today. This pilot scheme – aimed at years 5 and 6 – aims to enable children to access, navigate, critically analyse and participate in the news through a suite of lesson plans, online resources and school workshops. The programme will be funded by Google for its first year and launches this Autumn.

Schools are encouraged to register their interest now in taking part in the pilot which will initially focus on primary schools with a high proportion of children who are disadvantaged.

PSHE Association Chief Executive Jonathan Baggaley said:
“The school curriculum, including high quality PSHE education, can play a vital role in teaching all children critical literacy skills from an early age, including the ability to spot misinformation, identify persuasion in communication and distinguish fact from opinion. Teachers and schools need high quality training and support to cover this increasingly complex area, which is why we are delighted to work with the National Literacy Trust, Google and the Guardian Foundation on the News Wise programme.”


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