Welcome to the News Literacy Programme
The Times and The Sunday Times have launched the Times News Literacy programme.
The Times News Literacy programme includes six free lessons, designed to give students the tools to think critically about the news and giving insight into what it takes to be a journalist.
Following real stories, research and investigations by leading journalists at The Times and The Sunday Times, students will learn how to navigate and think critically about the news they consume and what sources earn their trust.
In the lessons, students dig deeper into the news they consume and learn to spot the differences between verified, fake and satirical news stories.
Every lesson includes a variety of activities and discussions for the students to get involved with from longer, in-depth activities such as speed-debates, verifying fact from fiction, and designing a Times front page to shorter, starter activities such as ‘Trump Bingo’.
The programme was developed alongside leading journalists at The Times and The Sunday Times, including The Times’ Crime Correspondent, John Simpson, who has offered his first person experience of posing as a young muslim girl to investigate a member of Isis for class discussion as part of a lesson on Investigative Journalism.
The lesson, which is a behind-the-scenes look at crime investigations that hit the headlines, also covers the Watergate scandal, and the shooting of Mark Duggan, which sparked the London riots in 2011.
You can now register online, for free, and download the six-lesson programme to teach to your secondary school students. Lessons will also be developed on an ongoing basis with breaking news stories.
Or if you’re a parent, governor, or just someone interested in the News Literacy Programme – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.