Learning On Screen: The Importance Of Film In Schools

It’s been a fantastic few weeks for client press coverage and as a result, we’ve been able to highlight some important issues and research.

One item particularly worthy of note is our Education Consultant & Researcher Franzi Florack’s TES piece on film in education

Franzi’s research shows that watching films in class can raise school grades, and it’s these findings that support the work and messaging of our client BUFVC (British Universities Film & Video Council).

Franzi introduced regular film-literacy classes to 19 primary schools in Bradford. These were supplemented with visits by professional film-makers to the classroom.

She found that following the classes, 38.8 per cent of pupils performed higher than expected in literacy tests.

The evidence was supported by interviews with the pupils, many of whom said that they felt more confident about expressing themselves following the film-viewing classes.

In fact, 53.7 per cent of students said that their writing was better in film classes than in other lessons. Meanwhile, 48.4 per cent said that they achieved better grades in film lessons than in other lessons.

The majority of teachers also believed that the scheme was having a positive impact on their pupils’ writing.

Franzi presented her findings at the annual British Educational Research Association conference last month (September). 

“These students were more likely to begin the year with below-expectation grades, but then caught up and sometimes exceeded expectations,” she said.

On Monday 2 November, you can learn more about this research first hand as Franzi and the BUFVC have worked together to launch ‘BUFVC Learning On Screen’, a free event at CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Road in North London, from 10am – 4pm. Sign up here.

The British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) will bring together leading educators and key researchers in the field of moving image, to consider how we can best use moving image to improve outcomes for pupils.

The conference will explore practical issues like the use of technology, copyright and licensing, with workshops exploring the pedagogy of moving image use and demonstrating examples of best practice. 

The event is open to everyone with an interest in the use of moving image in school education:

- School staff with an interest in moving image, film, digital or AV - either as experts in the field or wanting to learn more.
- Researchers in the field of digital learning, film and education.
- Those with a practical input into the use of moving image in schools e.g. teachers who use moving image content in their classrooms.

For more information, contact Franzi@notdeadfish.co.uk. Read more about Franzi's work for notdeadfish, here.