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About this website

Topical Talk gives you free teaching resources for weekly classroom discussions about current affairs. Our adaptable activities help the news make sense for learners aged 9+. 

Find out more about the two different types of resources below.

Topical Talk Headlines

What are Headlines?

Headlines cover a different news story each week. A new one is published every Friday.

  • Weekly session plans
  • Printable supporting resources
  • Online polling

Topical Talk Special Editions

What are Projects?

Projects explore one issue in depth over five weeks.

  • Sequenced session plans that build towards a final piece of work
  • Printable supporting resources
  • Online polling
  • Q&A with global topic experts

Our resources foster discussions between young people that help them develop open minds, critical eyes and informed voices.

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A visible impact on your students

Topical Talk discussions give children the knowledge and skills to succeed at school and beyond. They make significant progress in communication skills so they become better listeners and more confident speakers. A focus on critical-thinking also helps their creativity and problem-solving. We use a research-backed universal skills framework to help you track your students' progress.

Discuss complex issues with confidence

Topical Talk gives you the confidence to have discussions about complex and sensitive issues. Our teachers work with The Economist’s journalists to make sure facts are presented accurately. We have a decade of teaching experience in creating resources that are appropriate, accessible and inclusive for all learners.

Build cultural capital from your classroom

Our resources open students’ eyes to matters of global importance and nurture their awareness of different perspectives. Through Topical Talk discussions, students develop open minds and informed voices. Help them think for themselves about the stories that affect us all.