Bristol set for Film for Learning

Natalie MooreBristol, Collaborative

Teachers participate in Film for Learning induction at Engine Shed. Photo credit, boomsatsuma.

Bristol is one of three cities to take part in the Film for Learning project, a new 4-year teacher and senior leader professional development project led by Into Film. The project is aiming to improve young peoples’ engagement, participation and attainment in literacy by supporting teachers and senior leaders to use film as a tool for teaching and learning.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation, a UK independent funder, announced four years of funding for the project. Bristol will participate in the project alongside Bradford and Belfast. As fellow UNESCO Cities of Film, Bristol and Bradford have identified Film for Learning as a key priority.

In Bristol, Film for Learning will be collaboratively supported by Bristol City of Film and education provider Boomsatsuma.

Ten schools from each city will participate, with one senior leader and two teachers from each school engaging with a bespoke programme of training. Teachers will receive training from Into Film’s core CPD sessions Teaching Literacy Through Film, and Curricular Filmmaking, and will be supported to positively impact pupil learning by developing capabilities to use film across the curriculum. Training will also support teachers’ professional development to become film leaders within their school, giving them the knowledge and confidence to share their learning with fellow teachers.

Paul Reeve, CEO, Into Film said: “We’re really looking forward to developing our programme further with Paul Hamlyn Foundation over the next four years and to continue to have a positive impact on cross-curricular learning and literacy attainment with film.”

The project builds on the success of Into Film’s previous Paul Hamlyn Foundation-funded project, Full STEAM Ahead, a two-year teacher development project that worked with 10 schools in Northern Ireland.

Into Film will lead the Film for Learning programme for schools, including Into Film clubs, access to films, Into Film Festival screenings, resources and more. Teachers will be supported to use film clubs alongside the curriculum, run literacy film clubs, and to see the value of film in education.

More information about the project is available here.