Following comments made by delegates at the Film 21st Century Literacy Advocacy Feedback meetings in Cardiff and Bradford, there seemed to be some confusion as to what "film education" might mean in 2012.
The aim of this seminar was to promote discussion around this topic. It was felt that whilst it was unlikely that one final definition would be achieved, some key points might be developed and it was felt that it was important to both start the debate and also to offer some initial "notes" which could be taken forward in the future. The comments made here do not imply the view of the Strategy or any of its consortium partners; this paper is a close to verbatim record of the day.
In order to maintain the momentum of the Strategy in advance of the BFI publishing its forward plan in early 2012, the Film: 21st Century Literacy Strategy office ran three seminars around the country in order to get feedback on the contents of the report, Making the Case for Film Education (see below).
These events were purposefully small in scale (15 to 20 people) in order to gain maximum participation and representatives from both formal and informal education attended. The following results give an interesting perspective on the Film: 21st Century Literacy Strategy's work for the past three years.
To read the findings of these sessions, click here.
A Report for the Use of Film Education in ITT and CPD within UK Teaching Schools and Universities
This research was commissioned out of the 21st Century literacy project to ensure that all young people throughout the UK have the opportunity to learn about film and its creative opportunities. The purpose of this report was to try and develop an evidential base for understanding the impact and reach of film education. It was specifically looking at barriers that prevent film teaching and filmmaking at ITT and CPD levels, and the recommendations at grass roots level from educators to improve students' and teachers' accessibility to filmmaking and reflecting on film as part of their training. The 'Teaching Using Film - Statistical Evidence' findings highlighted that only 13% of teachers had received film training in their Initial Teacher Training (ITT) whereas 96% said it should be part of their ITT - with the same percentage saying they'd like more film-based Continued Professional Development (CPD), which has resulted in more involved research being undertaken (by Film Education) to try to identify teachers' needs and improve the offering currently available to teachers, which will complement this.
In 2011, Film: 21st Century Literacy conducted an opinion survey of teachers in order to research and report current classroom practices involving film; their benefits to pupils, their impacts on pedagogy and what the future of the use of film in education might be. For each Teaching Using Film Questionnaire, the film project discussed had to have been conducted in curriculum time, but in a subject area where teaching film was not already compulsory (i.e. not Media or Film Studies). 387 people throughout the UK completed the Teacher Questionnaire, from a huge range of educational backgrounds that included Special Educational Needs Schools, Home Educators and Academies.
A complete analysis of all the survey results can be found here:
These case studies have been prepared as examples of best practice of using film in both formal and informal education.
Each case study presents a brief overview and description of the project, and gives insight into how film can provide unique benefits to children and young people and the professionals who work with them.
If you are interested in running a similar project and would like more information, please contact Mark.Reid@bfi.org.uk.
Building home schooling links and parental involvement
PILOT PROJECT BLUEPRINTS
These blueprints have been prepared for anyone interested in replicating the Film: 21st Century Literacy pilot projects, either in full or in part.
Each blueprint presents a brief overview and description of the pilot project, followed by some pointers about transferring the project to other settings, age groups and locations. The blueprint ends with a look at possible pitfalls to be aware of and some tips to improve the chances of success.
Practical details are confined to the general outline of each project, not context-specific particulars, and as such, the blueprints are not intended as a step-by-step guide to delivering similar projects.
Please contact the education team at the BFI for more information about the pilot projects.
If you are interested in running one of the pilot projects and would like more information, please contact Mark.Reid@bfi.org.uk
This report points to and highlights evidence that film education benefits young people. It aims to demonstrate that incorporating film across the curriculum will help children's learning, and also how film education benefits young people socially and culturally. The evidence is used to demonstrate how using film can make a positive impact on behaviour, motivation, and relationships between pupils and staff, and that using film can have a positive effect on teachers and educators' own pedagogy. This document also illustrates the benefits of film education to the industry. It was produced by Richard Miller of Available Light Advisory, along with Keith Randle and Sally Graham of University of Hertfordshire, Jim Barratt and Wing-Fai Leung, on behalf of Film: 21st Century Literacy Consortium.