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Conspiracy Theories in the Classroom: Guidance for teachers

Whole school policies • Sensitive & Controversial Issues • Pedagogy

Guidance for teachers to approach disinformation

This document aims to provide teachers with some general guidance on how schools might approach disinformation and conspiracy theories amongst pupils. It’s written by Jeremy Hayward & Gemma Gronland, two lecturers at the Institute of Education, UCL and who are both former teachers.

This document contains:

  • summaries of some research in this area;
  • discussion of general principles;
  • ‘reactive’ guidance on how to handle situations when students raise disinformation;
  • proactive guidance on teaching about this topic;
  • a deeper dive into the world of cognitive psychology and our biases;
  • a glossary of common conspiracy theories and links to free teaching materials.
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