The Day - an online current events database for schools and colleges to help explain current affairs.
Their mission is to help students think about what they can see and hear around them in the news day by day; to learn to make the link between this and what they are studying and to understand the relevance and importance of knowledge; to think for themselves and talk about everything, to debate, discuss and research; to grow in confidence and find their own voice, and to become teachers themselves in their peer groups and families and among friends.
Every weekday, they publish six news articles and features specially designed to help teachers get students thinking about the world around them.
The Day’s Promise
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The problem of young children and current affairs has never been more challenging. Every day our expert staff journalists sift through thousands of sources to distill the essential stories and the big questions, write them in the clearest possible language and illustrate them with vivid graphics. These are our five promises to you, our readers.
The Day’s Promise to teachers, students and parents everywhere
- To make the world our classroom because only by connecting what we are taught to the realities of life around us does the fire of learning truly ignite. We do this by using daily current affairs to lead us to subjects and topics from the curriculum.
- To report the truth with balance and reason because we need to appreciate the scale of the challenge that fake news poses to democratic institutions and civilised discourse, and make the ability to distinguish between fact and fiction a central part of education. We do this by checking our stories with dozens of sources from all over the world and by describing different opinions rather than taking strong positions ourselves.
- To make the news accessible and relevant for all because knowledge of the contemporary world and the confidence that it gives should be offered to every young person equally, regardless of background and ability. We do this first, by striving to think clearly and use only the clearest language and second, by suggesting how particular stories shape our broader lives and choices.
- To inspire curiosity and argument because people who question and form opinions tend to be smarter, more creative and more successful but at the very moment when the rewards of curiosity have never been higher, it is misunderstood and undervalued, and increasingly practiced only by a few. We do this by showing that behind every news story there lies a great landscape of thought, philosophy and ideas.
- To plant the seeds of civic engagement and global citizenship because to be truly individual is also to be truly part of the world and the highest expression of humanity is to play a part in society. We do this by writing about the ideas and the movements that are changing our world, and by studying those who achieve and aspire to leadership in every field of life
In addition to the daily news articles, we publish weekly features which give a different perspective on current affairs. Find out more in the video above, including information on:
- An in-depth Briefing, including a Q&A and infographic
- How “Connections” can boost students’ understanding of core English Literature texts at GCSE and A-Level
- How to access the archives for all weekly features
The Day also publishes special reports in response to major news stories like terror attacks, elections, and significant anniversaries. We want to make sure you have everything you need to keep students informed and engaged about the issues shaping their lives.
Notes for Teachers
The Day believes that all young people should be engaged with current affairs for their own sake. Reading the news regularly will make them better students, and better citizens (and we’ve got the research to prove it). That is why our priority will always be interesting, rigorous news reporting.
But The Day is also here to make teachers’ lives easier. Whenever we can, we tie our articles to the national curriculum or the IB, and the site is designed to help you find the resources you need in your classroom.
Find out more about how The Day is mapped to the IB curriculum in the video below: