Fake news and critical literacy : National Literacy Trust

Fake news and critical literacy: final report


Published, 11 June 2018

This report presents findings from a study investigating whether children and young people can identify fake news.

The report consists of surveys of primary and secondary school children and teachers, as well as written evidence submitted after an open call. Key findings include 49.9% of children worry that they will not be able to recognise fake news.

Only 2 % of children have the necessary critical literacy skills to identify fake news and 53.5% of teachers have the belief that the national curriculum does not provide children with the necessary skills to spot fake news.