Current Affairs in the Classroom

#UKEdChat Session 412 – Thursday 12th July 2018

The world is changing and that is nothing new. To quote a great prophet, “It was always burning, since the world’s been turning.” But the rate of change coupled with the explosion of data and media means that information from and about the world around us has turned from a manageable stream to a continual barraging flood. We can either give our pupils the skills to set up a self-sustaining hermitage in a mobile signal black spot, or we can provide them with the managed explosure and then skills to assess and deal with what is being hurled at them.

In this session of #UKEdChat, we will discuss how to how to give the skills to assess news and current affairs, together with stratagies about how it can be used to enhance your lessons.


  1. With what age group can/should we begin to use current affairs in the classroom?
  2. How can we make national news of importance accessible without over-simplifying, especially with young learners?
  3. Do some subject areas lend themselves to using current affairs more than others?
  4. How can we ensure we do not impose our own bias when using the news in the classroom? Should teachers express opinions?
  5. How can we enable pupils to evaluate the news and help them spot questionable sources?
  6. (a) Should schools attempt to manage their image with PR professionals? (b) What experience has your school had with the local/national press?
  7. Recount a time when you successfully used current affairs in your lesson/topic.
  8. How do you curate news about what is happening in your classroom/school for parents and the local community?

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