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Topical Talk Festival!

April 10th – May 26th 2023

The Festival brings Topical Talk lessons to life by giving students the chance to discuss what they’re learning about in the classroom on a global scale. Young people are invited to learn from, and exchange ideas with, a host of international peers and topic experts. Each festival is packed with inspiring activities, online events and awards for thoughtful conversations and ideas.

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Special edition: War reporting: is it beneficial?

Special Editions explore one issue in the news, in-depth. They consist of several lessons and culminate in a final piece of work produced by each student.

In 2022, war replaced disease as the topic people wanted the most news about. But what challenges do journalists face? And why is it sometimes difficult for news consumers to find reliable information about wars?

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“Quite simply, the programme has been a revelation. Every week, new and interesting resources are produced, all of which go hand-in-hand with relevant and appropriate termly topics. These are accessible to all learners: they are bespoke, carefully thought-out and allow students to improve across a number of key skills.”

Michael Baker, Farringdon Community Academy, UK
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