Finding well researched news and analysis for teaching business and economics topics can be difficult, not to say expensive. Andrew Jack of the Financial Times explains how to make the most of this extraordinarily valuable resource for teachers.

For the past three years, the Financial Times has offered free access to schools, lifting its paywall so students and teachers can read content normally only available to subscribers, as well additional resources specifically developed for education. The aim to help them in their studies, careers, financial understanding and general knowledge.

Five reasons business teachers in schools should read the Financial Times:

  1. com contains a wealth of rigorously researched up-to-date news, analysis, opinion, data, graphics, podcast and videos on business, finance, economics, global politics and policy, as well as articles on culture, social affairs and much more. It is read by millions of decision makers around the world.
  2. It is available free online to students aged 16-19, their teachers and schools around the globe. You can check whether your school is already registered, make a request to joint if not or to receive a link to create your individual account at ft.com/schoolsarefree. More than 3,400 schools have already done so.
  3. It includes content specifically flagged up by school teachers as useful for the classroom, with links to specific parts of the curriculum and suggested questions and discussion points, as illustrated below, at ft.com/schools and www.ft.com/businessclass. We welcome additional volunteers to join our teacher panel and advisory group and help make these selections. Email us at schools@ft.com
  4. Examiners, university admissions officers and employers recognise its value as a way to demonstrate wider reading, application of theories and contemporary examples to enrich coursework, essays and preparation for life beyond school. The FT offers periodic competitions to students, giving them a chance to have blogs and other work recognised and published, further strengthening evidence of extra-curricular activities.
  5. Schools registering for the first time get a free copy of Road to Riches, its board game designed to help teach financial literacy to students in a fun way. Further details: ft.com/roadtoriches

You can also follow at the @FT4S schools Twitter account.

Andrew Jack is global education editor for the Financial Times.