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“Pupils in England have a low level of interest in social and political issues. ... they have a level of news media interest that is significantly below the international average.  They also have low levels of confidence in their personal efficacy – their ability to influence political issues”.

NFER’s Research "News for Schools"

Schools have always sought to develop active and engaged young citizens but it can be a real challenge when faced with constant curriculum change and exam pressure.  School newspapers can help both the producers and audience actively engage with their local and school communities.  Through understanding the process by which stories are produced, young people become more critical readers of professionally produced news and media.   

Research evidence shows that teenagers reading newspapers through school exhibit higher levels of civic engagement 10 to 15 years later.  They are also more likely to read newspapers as adults. (NAAF)

The National Foundation for Educational Research found that:-

    • Exposure to news and personal efficacy are the student-level factors most associated with attitudes and intentions concerning formal political participation; and that
    • Young people who take an interest in news and current affairs have more positive attitudes and stronger intentions to participate in formal political processes than students with less exposure to news.


NFER recommend that schools "provide more opportunities in the curriculum for students to have exposure to news and current affairs".

"The best schools do not just teach citizenship in classrooms, but help pupils become active citizens as well, by giving them opportunities to take on leadership roles in their school community.” Ofsted


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