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Teaching democracy: developing critical media literacy

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Wed, 13/06/2018 - 08:45

Teaching democracy: developing critical media literacy

Saturday 7 July 2018
City Hall, London
11.00am - 6.00pm 

The ACT Teaching conference on 7 July is shaping up to be one of our best ever, with amazing contributors ready to meet you and help build your subject knowledge, pedagogy and curriculum.

Critical Media literacy is one of the themes at this year's conference on 'Democracy and Young People' and as todays report from the National Literacy Trust's Fake News Commission shows is needed more than ever in schools. The subject of Citizenship uniquely develops the Knowledge children need to understand the role and responsibility of the media in a democracy, both to inform citizens and hold those in power to account; and to critically engage with debates about free speech, privacy and public interest and media regulation. The conference will provide teachers with discussion opportunities, classroom strategies and pedagogies to help students learn about their responsibility as citizens to critically evaluate their sources of news and information and to distinguish fact from opinion. 

The Conference begins with a 'sofa chat' involving students, young active citizens, from Hamilton Academy in Leicester and Nicky Cox MBE, Editor-in-Chief of First News. First News is the UK's only newspaper for children with more than two million readers. Nicky also oversees the digital platform, First News Live! including a daily children's news bulletin made with Sky News.

There is a range of workshops including 'Creating a deliberative classroom'. The English-Speaking Union, Middlesex University and ACT will introduce a new resource supported by the DfE to promote the teaching of controversial issues and fundamental British values through knowledge-based, classroom debate. As teachers are being encouraged to teach skills for spotting fake news and interpreting media sources, this workshop will highlight how important Knowledge is to enable students to identify the key issues at stake in emotive topical media stories.

Later in the afternoon, teachers can choose from an offer of 'micro-seminars': short sessions offering practical teaching tips. One of these is on 'Current affairs in the classroom: the power of discussing the news'. In this interactive session, The Burnet News Club will illustrate practical techniques for developing students' critical thinking and literacy skills through topical discussions. The Burnet News Club, the schools programme from The Economist newspaper, is a network of news clubs which develops young people's critical thinking skills and literacy through cognitively challenging discussions about current affairs.

Download the full programme and book your place soon.

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