The Economist Educational Foundation

The Economist Educational Foundation

Careers at The Economist Educational Foundation

We are an independent charity that was set up in 2012 from inside The Economist newspaper. Our mission is to change young people's lives by giving them the skills to think and speak for themselves about current affairs.

Misinformation is a huge problem and yet a third of UK teachers think the critical literacy skills taught in schools aren’t transferable to the real world. We enable young people to join inspiring discussions about the news in their classrooms and with peers in different communities, with input from global topic experts. They learn to think critically, creatively solve problems and communicate effectively about the issues shaping their lives and futures, from inequality to climate change.

We work with 8 to 14-year-olds from low-income backgrounds who face deep-rooted disadvantages in education and employment, are often hit hardest by issues in the news and are less likely to end up in positions of power where they can influence them. We equip them with news-literacy skills that can change their outcomes.

Stats we are proud of

  • 150%

    More progress made by our students in critical thinking

Behind the scenes

Team makeup

  • 9


  • Flexible working

    Whether your child's ill, you're waiting for a package, or you have some deep-focussed work to do, we all work from home (or café) from time to time. We encourage everyone to work from home when you need to.

  • Regular salary reviews

    In line with a salary framework, to ensure equal pay for equal work and that we recognise and reward when your responsibilities increase.

  • Health insurance

    Private health insurance, and paid sick leave (for both your physical and mental health).

  • Team retreats

    Annual team retreats. A time to get to know each other away from the office.

  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave

    Well-paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

  • Learning and training

    We'll contribute towards books, training courses and conferences that help you learn and grow in your role here.

  • Pensions

    Pensions, with a generous employer contribution.

  • Equipment

    Choose your own equipment: let us know which tools you need and we’ll do our best to get them for you.

  • Mentoring

    There's a formal mentoring scheme at The Economist Group.

  • Chance to experience a leading media company

    As well as being part of a fast-growing, impactful charity you'll be working within a leading media organisation and able to learn from expert colleagues from journalists to marketers.