Free resources for classroom discussions about the news

Empower students aged 10+ with informed and open-minded discussions about the biggest issues of our time.

From rapid progress in artificial intelligence (AI) to elections that will affect 4.2 billion people, journalists have predicted 2024 to be a year of accelerated change.

Our weekly resources help students engage in inspiring discussions about the news and develop essential critical-thinking, oracy and communication skills, media literacy and cultural capital.

Topical Talk resources are created by experienced teachers in collaboration with journalists at The Economist to combine deep educational knowledge with world-class journalistic expertise.

Adaptable activities support students to be sceptical about media stories and value the importance of evidence in an age of misinformation and fake news.

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Michael Baker, Farringdon Community Academy, UK

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