Maddy Barnes

Maddy Barnes

I’m an English consultant and assistant headteacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School. I am passionate about boosting language and literacy skills through debate and discussion, as well as through the use of vibrant, engaging resources. As education practitioners, we can often find ourselves full of enthusiasm and ideas but time poor, so if you’re looking for a free, easily accessible resources to help you stimulate conversations, I highly recommend The Week Junior magazine’s ‘All About’ articles.

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In the age of social media and ‘alternative facts’, sparking your pupils’ interest in the world around them and ensuring they know how to navigate current affairs is essential. Understandably however, in the face of tricky questions and misinformation, many education practitioners can find it difficult to know where to start. To help kick off your conversations, in this article I have outlined my top tips on getting pupils interested in current affairs that are easy to follow, and more importantly, effective.

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