Schools digest: 2022 predictions, 2021 reflections

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Prospering in the pandemic: winners and losers of the Covid era
How large companies fared in the two years since the virus emerged

Graphics of the year — making sense of 2021
Visualisation has become increasingly important in the telling and the understanding of stories

Forecasting the world in 2022
FT writers share their predictions for the new year, from the possible emergence of an even more infectious strain of coronavirus to the Ukraine stand-off and the NFT bubble

Year in a Word 2021
From NFT to blah blah blah, editors and correspondents at the Financial Times reflect on the words of the year

Where have weather records been broken so far this year?
The FT is tracking extreme and record-breaking climate events from around the world

2021 has been getting progressively warmer Difference (ºC) from the 20th century average, year-to-date averages, 2021 vs 10 hottest years G9000_21X

Teacher resources

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Politics: Graham Goodlad picks for Political parties: Keir Starmer defends Tony Blair as Labour continues shift to centre. Read all our Politics picks here

Economics: John Greenwood picks for Subsidy: Farm subsidy reform in England aiming to return land to nature Read all our Economics picks here 

Geography: Alasdair Monteith picks Changing spaces: Wealth inequality rises in Britain after decade of stability. Read all our Geography picks here

Business: Read all our Business picks here

IB DP Theory of knowledge: Read all our Theory of Knowledge picks here

IB DP History: Read all our History picks here

Student picks

We encourage student readers to select FT articles they found interesting and tell us why. Email your ideas to schools@ft.comworld economy.

Dumitru Comarnitchi at Northampton Academy picked How NFTs became a $40bn market in 2021. This helped me understand what NFTs are, how big the market has become and what the risks are. An example of how emerging technologies are disrupting industries, in this case art and digital property/copyright rights.

Column chart of Value of sales sent to major NFT platforms, $m showing NFTs explode in popularity in 2021

One to watch

Free Lunch. The case for a universal basic income

The pandemic has opened the door to radical economic reform, argues the FT’s Martin Sandbu


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