Established 2005

The Straits Times Schools department

Our mission is to engage young readers, and equip tomorrow’s voters with an understanding of their country through the exploration of current affairs, heritage, culture and education landscape.

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The Straits Times weekly magazine is focused on teen interests, culture, careers and causes. It reaches school subscribers every Monday during the academic year, and comes with just-in-time learning resources such as classroom activities, skills development exercises, and innovative segments that build information and media literacy. IN supports great ideas by students through campaigns such as “Shop For Your School”, an initiative that funds ideas to improve schools and the lives of those in their surrounding communities.

Little Red Dot

The Straits Times weekly publication for primary school readers delivers stories to address their social and emotional learning, values education and, of course, development of English language skills including reading, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary building, etc. In each Tuesday edition are learning resources pegged to the news, which offer simple explanations of current affairs to young readers. Little Red Dot supports great ideas by pupils through campaigns such as “Shop For Your School”, an initiative that funds young-reader ideas to improve schools and the lives of those in their surrounding communities.

Commemorative Editions

Several times a year, The Straits Times IN devotes entire editions to themes in current affairs that build an understanding of how the country works. These issues, created in partnership with the Ministry of Education’s Character and Citizenship Education Branch (CCEB), are distributed to all secondary schools: Total Defence Day, International Friendship Day, The Budget, Racial Harmony Day and the National Day Rally.

Aligned with IN, The Straits Times Little Red Dot follows these same themes for a younger audience, making big concepts less complicated to encourage further discovery, and encourage in primary school readers an interest in general knowledge and curiosity.


RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship “The Big Spell” (since 2012)

The nation’s most beloved mind sport traditionally occupies the start of the year, as spelling fever grips primary school learners. The Big Spell’s participation rate has increased annually since its launch in 2012, with The Straits Times Little Red Dot offering teachers and pupils weekly spelling activities to build their knowledge and expertise. Top prizes for the event include an individual trophy for the overall winner along with $5,000, plus a challenge trophy for the winner’s school. In November 2015, the competition made history with its first cross-border showdown among champions from Singapore and Malaysia.

The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz “The Big Quiz” (since 2012)

The Straits Times brings its general knowledge competition to students in junior colleges nationwide, getting different groups to pit their command of the news against each other. The Big Quiz accompanies The Straits Times series of expert talks by senior correspondents and editors at pre-university institutions, as well as the broadsheet’s primer series every Monday, which addresses burning issues of the day. The event's sponsoring partner is the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation.

MCCY-The Straits Times Idea Jam (2014)

Students develop workable solutions for marginalised groups using the research and interviewing techniques that drives journalism that impacts lives. Through a skills building workshop and hackathon, they collaborate with journalists from The Straits Times newsroom to shape up ideas, then present their pitches to receive funding that will turn their ideas into reality.

The Straits Times National Youth Media Competition (since 2005)

This 24-hour challenge gets Singapore’s top 10 school media teams to beat the clock and create the best cross-media offering. Teams of five, representing a cross-section of Singapore’s schools, are shortlisted from their media entries, and must show off their reporting, photojournalism, design and layout abilities, as well as their ability to deliver timely stories. Winners receive prizes and internships in The Straits Times newsroom, creating stories that matter.