Supporting resources

Great discussions about the news don't happen without practise and support.
Here you'll find plenty of resources for your students.

News Literacy Model Resources Examples

Informed, open-minded discussions about the news

To have a high-quality conversation about current affairs, students need knowledge of the issue they're discussing as well as critical-thinking and communication skills: speaking, listening, problem-solving and creativity.

Topical Talk aims to do this in the following ways, and teachers can follow these principles in their classrooms too.

  • Provide expert information: high-quality journalism, data and topic experts
  • Encourage creativity and problem-solving: philosophical questions and hard choices call for good ideas and strong reasoning
  • Encourage effective speaking and listening: teachers act as discussion-facilitators, not lecturers
  • Expose young people to different perspectives: different arguments and voices presented

Importantly, these kinds of conversation need practise: a topical hour each week.

Supporting resources

The resources below are helpful whether your students are new to these kinds of conversations or practise them regularly.

Topical Talk skills

Read about our four key skills and how these are broken down into steps that show progress

The current-affairs curriculum

Find out what students will learn over the course of a year

Resources to use in your classroom