The Economist Educational Foundation

The Economist Educational Foundation

Charity information

The Economist Educational Foundation

The Economist Educational Foundation is an independent charity that was set up from inside The Economist newspaper in 2012. Our programme, the Burnet News Club (BNC) is a network of school news clubs which develops critical thinking skills and literacy through cognitively-challenging topical discussions. Teachers run weekly sessions in school. Between sessions, the students build skills on dedicated online learning platform where they have discussions that span diverse regions across the UK.

Founded 2012

  • Mission statement

    Our mission is to tackle inequality by giving disadvantaged young people the skills to think for themselves about current affairs.

    A young person’s socioeconomic background powerfully determines the opportunities they will have in life. Inequality is clear in education, where young people eligible for free school meals are significantly less likely to get good GCSEs or go to university.

    The Economist’s journalistic expertise can help to address this. Discussing the news can be a powerful way for young people to develop tools that can change their chances: knowledge of issues affecting their lives, critical thinking skills, literacy and confidence.

  • Aims

    The Economist Educational Foundation aims to:

    • Give disadvantaged young people in-depth knowledge of the socioeconomic issues affecting their lives.
    • Enable disadvantaged young people to develop their critical thinking and literacy skills.
    • Give disadvantaged young people the confidence to have their say.
  • Overview

    Established: January 2012

    Registered Charity Number: 1147661

    Board members: 5

    Full time staff: 4

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: 0207 576 8122

    Address: 20 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf E14 4QW

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website