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.

Start inspiring classroom discussions about the news whilst helping students 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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Topical Talk Festival

January 22nd – March 28th 2024

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, 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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“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.”

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