In the news
Athletics champion in new ‘track death’ campaign
British and World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene races an 80 mph train in a shocking new advert from Network Rail. The campaign encourages young men to be careful on the tracks showing Mr Greene struggling to beat the train as it hurtles towards him while he attempts to cross an electrified line in the rain. Network Rail say 49 people were killed attempting to cross railway tracks in the UK in the past year and 88 per cent of accidental trespass fatalities have been male in the last 10 years with over 30% aged 16-25.
- Help students understand how signals know when trains are coming with this practical activity.
- Explain track safety with shocking facts and videos from Trackoff.
- With half term not too far away raise awareness about safety on the railways and in other situations with these widget guides.
- Explore how the British railway was born with this information PowerPoint. .
Further news resources
- Help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper.
- Get students creating their own news report with this step-by-step guide
- A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.
- Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.
- A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.
In the news this week
Francois Hollande will be France’s first Socialist president in 17 years, after winning the final round of the Presidential elections on Sunday.
The race for London mayor came to a close, with incumbent Boris Johnson looking likely to win a second term.
Rupert and James Murdoch exhibited "wilful blindness" over phone hacking at News International, according to a report by the Commons select committee for culture, media and sport.
Nearly 200 flood warnings and flood alerts have been issued across the UK by the Environmental Agency this week.