Recession returns

UKeconomy is once again in recession. Early figures from the Office of National Statistics show that Britain has entered another recession as growth dropped 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012.

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Recession returns

Britain is now entering its first double-dip recession since 1975, early figures from the Office of National Statistics suggest. Despite numerous preventative cuts put in place by the coalition government since coming to power in 2010, the economy has only grown by 0.4 per cent overall, with growth dropping to 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2012.

In addition, fresh revelations this week from the Leveson inquiry have cast doubt on the ethics of the coalition’s relationship with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and opinion polls have shown the Conservatives falling in favour to only 33 per cent. With all this to contend with, questions are now being raised about whether the outcome of the local and London mayoral elections on 3 May will be affected.

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Trumped around the world

  • It’s not just the UK that’s been suffering from recession. Compare the economies of different nations with this colourful top trumps game.

Growing, growing, gone

  • We may not have seen much of it over recent years, but it’s important to understand economic growth. Introduce the topic with this clear and concise presentation.

News of the past

  • Read all about the 2008 recession with this brief background to the beginning, compare the data to this year to help pupils predict and forecast where Britain might go from here.

Who’s to blame?

  • Discuss and debate how the recession came to be with this colourful, student-centred lesson.

Further news resources

First News front page

  • Help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper.

Write all about it

  • Get students creating their own news report with this step-by-step guide

What is the News?

  • A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.

On the box

  • Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.

Structuring stories

  • A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.

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