Fake News and Critical Thinking Programme

We offer classes that develop specific critical thinking skills that can help young people deal with propaganda and fake news, help them see things from different perspecitives and learn to think independently, recognising biases people, including themselves, may hold.

We will work with your school individually to create a programme around your needs and children's current thinking.

We also offer the addition of critical thinking teaching into our normal programme of philosophical enquiry. So, if your school already does P4C then perhaps you might want to consider bringing us in for Year 5 or Year 6 to develop critical thinking skills through enquiry in pupils that have been doing P4C for a while.

Please contact emma@philosophy-foundation.org for more information.

From the National Literacy Trust Website:

Children and young people today are growing up in a globalised world and are processing information from a wider variety of sources than ever before. They need the critical literacy skills to navigate the potential pitfalls when consuming news, particularly when using online sources and social media.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy launched the Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills in Schools on 13 September 2017. This followed the publication of a new report from the National Literacy Trust, Fake news and critical literacy evidence review, which stresses that children and young people in England do not have the critical literacy skills they need to identify fake news.