Primary schools are being asked to trial lessons in identifying ‘fake news’

The battle against fake news is about to make its way into classrooms, as primary schools are sought for a pilot scheme to teach children how to critically analyse online information.

The News Wise programme wants to see ‘news literacy’ included in the school curriculum, beginning with pilots to teach children in years five and six how to access, navigate, analyse and participate in the news.

Initially focusing on primary schools with a high proportion of disadvantaged children, the programme will create an evidence-based model on how best to introduce news literacy to primary school curriculums.

Developed jointly by the Guardian Foundation, the National Literacy Trust and the PHSE Association, the project will be funded by Google for its first year with the pilot launching this autumn.

Primary schools can register their interest to take part in the pilot here.

Read the full article on Schools Week.


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