Fake News: Teaching Pupils How to Evaluate Online Sources | Secondary

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Fake News: Teaching Pupils How to Evaluate Online Sources | Secondary

For: Leaders, teachers, teaching assistants 

Aim: With a focus on the duty of schools to teach students about fake news (as outlined in KCSIE), this webinar examines the most common types of misinformation and disinformation, highlighting the potential harms and suggesting ways to support learning around this often complex subject. 

Rationale: It’s difficult to quantify the prevalence of fake news online, but what’s beyond dispute is that it has become a significant problem. In particular, social media and other online platforms enable false information to reach large audiences extremely quickly – with as many as a third of the UK’s internet users unaware that online content might be false or biased. As young people tend to be especially receptive to things they read on the internet, this poses a clear issue.

Learning Outcomes

  • Building a comprehensive knowledge around fake news: the recent background, the current context and the perpetrators’ main aims

  • Understanding the key drivers and trends in relation to fake news, and to the spread of misinformation and disinformation more generally

  • Identifying the various types of fake news and the possible damaging effects they can have on young people

  • Recognising the crucial markers that enable us to spot fake news – and, crucially, how to communicate these effectively to students

  • Appreciating various ways to approach the topic in impactful, age-appropriate manner with students across each key stage

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Simon Howe

Head of ICT & Computing, NCCE Champion, CAS Coach & Hub Lead and Specialist Leader of Education.
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