What is Tuesday News Day?
Tuesday News Day is a new campaign from the News Literacy Network to encourage primary and secondary teachers across the UK to discuss the news and current affairs with their pupils for at least 10 minutes every week.
How does it work?
Every Tuesday during term time, teachers of all subjects are encouraged to set aside 10 minutes of class time to discuss a news story that matters to their pupils.
Pupils can either come to class with a news story they would like to discuss or a news story can be chosen by the teacher and/or class from one of a number of child-friendly news sources.
Teachers can then use the Tuesday News Day question card resource to guide conversations and get pupils thinking critically about the news story they have chosen to discuss. These can be printed and re-used every week.
Why is Tuesday News Day needed?
Tuesday News Day aims to give pupils more opportunities to discuss and question the news with a trusted adult after research from our parliamentary Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills in Schools revealed that:
- Only 2% of children and young people in the UK have the critical literacy skills they need to tell if a news story is real or fake
- A third of teachers feel the critical literacy skills taught in schools are not transferable to the real world
- Pupils want more opportunities to talk about news and current affairs in school, with only 6.4% of pupils saying they currently talk to their teachers about fake news
What resources are available?
- A question card resource to help guide conversations and get pupils thinking critically about the news story they are discussing
- A compilation of child-friendly news sources where teachers and pupils can find news and current affairs written specifically for young people
In addition, we have collated some of the best resources about fake news and critical literacy produced by our partners in the News Literacy Network.