National scheme launches between The Week Junior Magazine and Ormiston Academies Trust

Pupils from four Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) academies are participating in a new enrichment programme pilot which will see award winning children’s magazine The Week Junior build news clubs, debate days and career experience workshops into their school timetable. The move is a plan to engage pupil’s curiosity and help them to make better sense of the world.

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The Week Junior, the UK’s fastest growing children’s subscription magazine, which has had 50,000 subscriptions in two years, and OAT, a leading Multi-Academy Trust with 34 schools, decided to run the programme in response to growing evidence, such as leading child development expert Dr Jacqueline Harding’s research report done in partnership with The Week Junior, showing that explaining and engaging children in learning about current affairs has development pupil benefits.

Enriching students’ education and inspiring pupils to use their curiosity and creativity is a major priority for OAT, who launched the OAT Enrichment Charter in 2016. This aims to develop pupils’ skills, talents and character. It also aims to nurture social and cultural awareness and understanding.

The enrichment programme, which will run for three months, will aim to:

  • Enable pupils to make sense of the world's most interesting, important and exciting news and events
  • Encourage reading, thinking and talking; empowering students to form and share their own opinions
  • Provide evidence on how schools can best unpack and explain important issues to pupils

The Week Junior, who are leading the programme, will provide schools with copies of the magazine every week so that pupils can use it as a current affairs classroom resource, sparking their curiosity. The Week Junior will also be hosting an exclusive magazine career experience day, launching an exciting competition for aspiring reporters and running a debating workshop in partnership with the English Speaking Union, allowing children the chance to express their new ideas and utilise their growing confidence.

Jemima Waltho, National Enrichment Champion at Ormiston Academies Trust said:

"At Ormiston Academies Trust, we are always looking for innovative programmes to help our students develop their skills and interests, and to broaden their horizons. Partnering with The Week Junior is a great opportunity to ensure our students benefit from discussing current affairs. We look forward to the brilliant opportunities it will provide our students."

Michael Riley, Senior Vice Principal at Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy said:

"We are very excited to be participating in The Week Junior enrichment programme. Enriching and encouraging our students’ curiosity in the world around them is a key priority for us at Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy and I look forward to hearing the conversations that The Week Junior’s articles will no doubt spark!"

Anna Bassi, Editor at The Week Junior commented:

"We are delighted to partner with OAT to deliver this enrichment programme. The purpose of The Week Junior is to encourage young people to read, think and talk about current affairs, and we look forward to seeing OAT students engaging with news and events and developing their own ideas and opinions about the world they live in."