Welcome to Topical Talk

Free teaching resources for weekly discussions about current affairs in the classroom and online.

Topical Talk is a programme from The Economist Educational Foundation.
It supports weekly discussions about current affairs.

Topical Talk: Teaching resources and News Festivals

There are two parts to Topical Talk:

  • We publish free, weekly classroom resources for students aged 9+ designed by our team of experienced teachers working with journalists and fact-checkers at The Economist.
  • We put on biannual seven-week global discussions between schools and leading topic experts on the top news stories and issues of our time. These are called Topical Talk festivals.

Scroll down to find out more about both!


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About Resources

Topical Talk resources

Free teaching resources for weekly classroom discussions about the news.

Headlines cover a different news story each week and Projects explore a news issue in depth over five.

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Topical Talk festivals

Topical Talk Festivals are biannual seven-week global discussions between schools and leading topic experts on the top news stories and issues of our time. Each festival is packed with inspiring activities, online events and awards for thoughtful conversations and ideas.

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About us

The Economist Educational Foundation (that's us!) is an independent charity that was set up from inside The Economist newspaper. We combine 175 years of journalistic expertise with deep educational know-how and a decade of experience fostering high-quality topical discussions in schools.