We have two programmes: the Burnet News Club for 8-to 16-year-olds and the Policy League for 16- to 18-year-olds. Both programmes work by bringing young people into inspiring conversations about the world around them.
These conversations always include three key inputs from us:
Outstanding current affairs content for young people
Working with journalists at The Economist newspaper, we provide content that unlocks complex social, political and economic issues for beginners. We bring the news to life for young people through great storytelling, using words, pictures, video, live workshops and theatre. Crucially, our content isn’t meant merely to stay on a page or a screen; it’s designed to provoke discussions so that young people build their understanding of important issues through dialogue.
Facilitation that develops young people’s skills
We involve young people in facilitated current affairs conversations, where that facilitation is designed to develop young people’s critical thinking and communication skills. Facilitation is provided by our team or by teachers trained by us. It uses techniques adapted from P4C and philosophy.
Dialogue with an authentic audience
We give young people opportunities to discuss their opinions on the news with each other and people in business, politics, academia and the arts. We ensure they’re not only heard by others but able to exchange ideas with them, so their audience is actively engaged with their arguments.