Film can contribute to other outcomes at a whole-school and local area level. You can highlight its role in school improvement plans, and when preparing for inspection. For example, watching, viewing and making films can impact positively on achievement and help pupils to enjoy their learning, and it can provide opportunities for pupils to contribute to school and the wider community. Behaviour and attendance can also be improved .
Many teachers have reported that film education activities have encouraged isolated or disaffected pupils to participate and has increased their confidence. It also provides opportunities for pupils to develop workplace skills, technical skills and the ‘soft skills’ of groupwork and discussion.
Film can also contribute to wider objectives in the local area, for example by reducing antisocial behaviour and encouraging cultural understanding.
Fast-Forward is a programme at Cinema City in Norwich, which provides film education activities for 14-16 year old students who are at risk of exclusion. The project enables them to create their own films, learning scriptwriting and technical skills, and to develop their critical understanding through film viewing and reviewing.
“I have noticed a change in the girls who come on the course…they’ve improved their attendance at school…behaviour’s been a lot better and grades have gone up” (Teacher)
Teachers on the East Midlands Cine Hubs project, which integrates film education into learning across the curriculum, reported that the children have benefited immensely from the experience. They had seen a rise in writing, language and communication skills and a huge impact upon emotional literacy and wellbeing, with the project enabling some children to discover new talents and overcome shyness.
Glebe School in Bromley, a mixed special foundation school, had an OFSTED report in May 2010 which described community cohesion as ‘outstanding’ and said that “the hugely successful FILMCLUB has had a major impact on helping students to develop and share their beliefs, cultures, and information about their religions and experiences”.