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Film in the classroom

Introduction

At Film Education, we believe that film is a powerful tool that can help learners understand and access their world and other worlds – real and imagined. Part of our remit is to encourage young people to learn by viewing, and to be critical consumers of what they see: an ability to appreciate and analyse film is an empowering skill and one that is increasingly important for young people.

The combination of sound and moving image in film provides a unique means of accessing settings, subject matter and styles that might otherwise prove difficult to comprehend. The perspectives offered by the camera lens also provoke reaction and response: elation or disquiet; sympathy or indignation; wonderment or comprehension – and, more importantly, a desire to find out more.

Film Education's website and materials offer teachers a wealth of resources for incorporating film into the curriculum. In a whole-school context, we also recommend the free download Using Film In Schools: A Practical Guide to help teachers and headteachers integrate filmmaking, watching and critical analysis across the curriculum.

You may also be interested to read about the work of Film: 21st Century Literacy, a project funded through a National Lottery grant and delivered by BFI, Creative Skillset, FILMCLUB, Film Education and First Light between 2009-2012. The Strategy's activities were designed to strengthen film culture among young audiences across the UK, as well as training educators to develop a sustainable film education infrastructure.