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Where are my login details?

To log in, you just need to click the link we have emailed to you. If you can't find the email, contact us at burnetnewsclub@economist.com. On the day, we'll also have dedicated support lines you can call if you need assistance quickly.

What is BNC Live?

BNC Live is an exciting day for you and your students. Your club will work with BNC clubs around the country to help a first-time voter decide whether she'll vote pro-immigration or anti-immigration in the upcoming election. The day will be a mixture of videos, in-classroom activities, and online discussion.  Your students will get live responses from experts and debate their opinions in real-time with other club members. Their decisions will influence how the day works, a bit like a choose-your-own-adventure book.

What should I tell my students?

It is up to you how much you tell your students. Definitely let them know they'll be off-timetable, taking part in a BNC event. After that, it is up to you. We won't be telling the students that the characters are fictional until the end of the day, so you can do the same if you want. It tends to be more exciting for the students if they think it is real! If you have any students who might be affected by the issue, for example, if they are from another country in a majority British class, you may want to tell them what the day is about in advance.

Immigration is a controversial topic in my school...

BNC Live has the potential to bring up views that might make some students uncomfortable. While we never want students to feel uncomfortable, we think it is important that these topics are discussed - it is much better they talk about it in a classroom than in the playground. 

If your students say something you think should be challenged, bring them back to the BNC Skills poster. There are questions under each skill that may help them to unpack the statement. The 'scepticism' and 'reasoning' questions will probably be the most helpful. Alternatively, remind them of the BNC rules about respecting each other and ask them how they could be more respectful when giving their opinion.

You can also call our team throughout the day if you need more support. The support numbers will be included in your pack, that you will recieve in January.

What do I need to prepare ahead of the day?

You need to book a room with a screen to watch videos on and a computer that your students can access. You also need to make sure your students are off-timetable. It's a good idea to have a look through the pack we will send you in January so you have an idea of what is coming.

Can my students go to lunch at the usual time?

Yes. We've made a really flexible lunch-period so that your students can go to lunch at the usual time.

I can't play the videos

If you can't play the videos on this site, please tell us as soon as possible. We have an alternative but we need to know what problems you are having so we can help. You can email burnetnewsclub@economist.com before the day. On the day, call the support numbers that will be in the pack we send you.

What is the maximum number of students that can do it?

You can have a full class of students taking part and they don't all have to be BNC members, although your BNC members should be taking part. If you want to run the day with more than one class, please let us know so we can sort that out for you.

Where can I find a schedule for the day?

There will be a schedule for the day in the pack that we send to you in January. If you need a schedule before then, please email burnetnewsclub@economist.com.

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