Film for Learning

Bristol has been selected, alongside fellow UNESCO City of Film, Bradford and fellow UNESCO Learning City, Belfast, to take part in Film for Learning, a groundbreaking cross-city film and literacy programme, in partnership with education charity Into Film.

In April the Paul Hamlyn Foundation confirmed four years of funding for Film for Learning, set to launch in May 2019.  The four year teacher and senior leader professional development project will work with 30 schools across Bristol, Belfast and Bradford, with the aim 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.

As UNESCO Cities of Film, Bristol and Bradford have identified Film for Learning as a key ambition in the coming years. Film for Learning will be further bolstered by Bristol and Belfast’s shared UNESCO Learning City status.

Ten Bristol schools will participate in Film for Learning, with one senior leader and two teachers from each school engaging with a bespoke training programme. 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. Teachers will also be supported to become film leaders within their school, giving them knowledge and confidence to share learning with fellow teachers.

Film for Learning will be collaboratively supported across the three cities by Into Film partners, Nerve Centre in Belfast, Curriculum Innovation in Bradford, boomsatsuma in Bristol, Bradford City of Film and Bristol City of Film. The project will share expertise across the three cities and initiate a creative network between schools and partner organisations.

Click here for more information about Film for Learning, or check out this  case study to see it in practise: