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The BNC is an Economist Educational Foundation run digital news club which focuses on KS2 and KS3 engagement with wider world issues.

Each month students are given 6 weeks worth of material on a new exciting topic. Students will then create articles and reports on the topic, which will be uploaded onto the BNC website. Other schools can then comment and encourage discussion. We are also encouraged to do the same to other schools presented work. At the end of the term, a summary task is given and we have the opportunity to produce a 'school' newspaper, reporting on the topic and the work completed. 

The BNC Club is for KS3 students after school on a Wednesday. Students wishing to attend should speak to Mr Bowler.

 

BNC Club Blog

4 April 2019

 

Our final week on the issue of democracy saw students present their final speeches, arguing the pros and cons of democratic decision making. All students put in huge effort in their preparations which saw some fantastic speeches being presented. Students have done a brilliant job this term in their exploration of democracy and Brexit and we are excited to start a new topic next term!

 

21 March 2019

 

The classroom was transformed into the House of Commons this week as BNC members debated everything Brexit! Opinions were varied and discussions heated but Madame Speaker ensured that order was always maintained. As always, it was fantastic to see the young minds of Highdown engaging with these complex topics in such a lively manner!

 


14 March 2019

 

This week's Burnet News Club saw students taking on the role of news anchors, reporting on a series of stories centred around the idea of democracy. As ever, students fully immersed themselves in the role which led to some lively and entertaining performances.

 

 


7 March 2019

 

This week the BNC delved into the murky and confusing world of Brexit. Students discussed a range of diverse issues, from voting age to potential ramifications of leaving the EU and debated whether there should have even been

a referendum in the first place!

 


28 February 2019

Our first session on this term's BNC issue of Brexit saw students discussing the role of democracy in our society. We debated whether or not democracy is really fair and students created short silent films showing what democracy means.