Newspapers are an invaluable source of inspiration for students and can be a useful education tool for teachers too. For example, it is estimated that over 50% of teachers use newspaper content on a weekly basis. NLA are pleased to be able to offer our schools licence to every school in the UK via the CLA.
Photocopying, printing, scanning and using extracts of newspapers and newspaper websites for teaching and learning are all permitted by the NLA schools licence. Every state school in England has a licence, by the way, as it is bought centrally by the Department for Education, while most of the rest of the UK’s schools are also covered at regional authority level. It is for blanket use, so there is no need to count how much you copy, using newspapers in schools, therefore, is very easy and there nothing to stop you using them as much as you like!
Additionally, we realise that not all schools will have the ability, or the resources, to access every newspaper they would like to, so we have made this a little easier for teachers by creating an online database of over 150 national and regional newspapers, called Newspapers for Schools.
Screenshot of Newspapers for Schools
Newspapers for Schools is a website that schools can freely use to access PDF format newspaper articles, project them onto a screen or use in study packs. You can search by topic, by date period, and even select to search in specific newspapers only. Thousands of teachers use Newspapers for Schools each month.
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To help more, the CLA has also developed a really useful newspaper activity pack to promote ideas and ways to use newspapers in the classroom, which I recommend all teachers take a look at.
About the Author
Henry Pettit studied Russian and Politics at university, and worked for several years at Russia’s largest independent news agency Interfax, before now joining NLA Media Access in 2016, as Head of Licensing.