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Film in the classroom

Frequently asked questions

Here are some answers to some queries we often come across:

  1. General

  2. Resources

  3. Events

  4. Training

  5. Other

General:

What is Film Education about?

Film Education is a charitable organisation funded by the UK film industry. Since 1985, we have been developing our services to support teachers in bringing film into the classroom. We create, produce and supply educational content that is curriculum focused and covers a range of subjects, addressing our objectives of teaching about film and teaching through film. Film Education organises free cinema-based film screening events for schools across the UK, including National Schools Film Week. We also deliver training designed to help teachers develop their classroom practice with film. In supporting teachers, Film Education gives learners the opportunity to experience, evaluate and enjoy a wide range of film, thus extending their critical, cultural and creative learning. For further information see the About Us section of this site.

What curriculum areas, ages and stages do you support?

Our materials and events are designed to support teaching in a wide range of subjects across the 4-19 age range. Each teaching resource, screening event or training activity is specifically tailored to meet educational objectives. Information about individual resources and events can be found in the online description or you can search the site according to a particular interest.

About our resources:

What format are your classroom materials provided in?

We provide our resources in a range of formats. Many of our materials are delivered online, from fully interactive websites to PDF Study Notes. Some are presented in print format, for example our educational wallcharts whilst others are on DVD, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM. Recently we have developed apps for use with smart phones and tablet computers. We aim to keep our resources fully up to date and regularly research the preferred ways for teachers to receive our materials. Our materials are always curriculum focused and designed for ease of use and flexibility within a classroom setting.

Who are your resources sent to and how can I receive them?

Education professionals working in a school or college setting in the UK are eligible to receive Film Education's content free of charge. Those working in Home Education in the UK may also subscribe to receive our materials. To receive our resources, join our online and postal mailing list.

Are all of your resources free?

Our funding enables us to offer a wide range of classroom materials entirely free of charge in the UK. We also produce some detailed classroom materials focused on particular curriculum areas, some of which we sell at a low price; for details of these, see our Shop. All of our CD and DVD-ROM resources come with a full site license for schools.

Do you offer inspection copies of the resources in your shop?

Our resources are charged at cost price and therefore we are not able to offer this service. However, should you purchase a resource and find that it is unsuitable for your requirements you may return it within seven days for a full refund. See our refund policy for further details.

Where can I find a list of all your resources?

Our most recent resources appear at the top of the homepage on our website. To see more recent resources, browse our Secondary or Primary resources, or look through our wider back catalogue in the Film Library. You can also use the Search function on the website to search for a specific film title, topic or curriculum area.

Can I get extra copies of a resource, or order resources on older films?

We generally produce only a single print run of film-specific resources, with copies being distributed to teachers during the time of the film's cinematic release. Occasionally we produce resources on older films linked to cinema or training events, or broader projects within our activity. It is sometimes possible to request additional copies of resources but, in general, our print runs are limited and supply quickly outstrips demand. If you are looking for a particular resource, you can contact either primary@filmeducation.org or secondary@filmeducation.org to see if we are able to help.

Do you provide full schemes of work for different exam boards?

Our resources are designed to match curriculum objectives across a range of subjects, without being prescriptive: we know that a scheme of work that is suitable for one class may not be appropriate for another. For this reason our resources are designed to be flexible. They can be picked up and used instantly in the classroom, or they can be adapted to match the needs of particular teachers, learners, topics and so forth.

Events:

How do Film Education cinema screening events work?

Our free cinema-based screening events showcase a wide range of films offering a rich and valuable educational experience for learners, helping to create and sustain a cine-literate audience. The screenings, which are complemented by educational materials, are intended to work within a larger framework of classroom activity enabling teachers to use film as a tool for delivering curriculum objectives. In the main, we show feature film releases. Screenings are held during the year at various cinemas: details of current and past screenings can be found on our Events Xxx link to http://www.filmeducation.org/events/ xxX pages. We also run National Schools Film Week, a nationwide Festival of screening events, every October. To find out more, visit the National Schools Film Week website.

Do your cinema screenings have introductory or closing speakers?

Wherever possible we try to offer an introduction before our film screenings or a masterclass or Q&A session with relevant people after the film has finished. These events will always be advertised in the description on the website and it is important that schools ensure they are able to stay for the full duration of the event before booking.

What is National Schools Film Week?

National Schools Film Week provides teachers and their students the opportunity to see a wide range of films at local cinemas entirely free-of-charge.

The Festival's goal is to support classroom teaching by providing schools with a powerful experience for their students that links directly to elements of the curriculum, supported by an on-line library of resources related to individual films and more generic topics, essentially an extension of the classroom.

It remains the largest event for schools and cinemas in the world and continues to receive high praise from all participants. In 2010 the Festival celebrated its 15th anniversary and saw some 473,000 students attend 2,800 screenings in 560 cinemas. National Schools Film Week takes place in late October each year, just before the half term break. For this year's dates see the Events website (as link to http://www.nationalschoolsfilmweek.org). If you would like to make suggestions of films to screen in your local area, complete the Have Your Say form. form.

Where can I find information and guidance on film classification?

The British Board of Film Classification is responsible for applying classifications to films in the UK. Their website provides information on individual film classification decisions as well as an explanation of the different certificates given and the reasons for these decisions. It is worth knowing that educational screenings of films have different rules associated with them to screenings for entertainment purposes: speak to a member of senior staff, an exam board representative or Head of Department to check your school's policy on these issues.

Where can I find out more about your events?

Visit the Events page or contact events@filmeducation.org.

Training:

What training and CPD do you offer?

Film Education staff regularly speak at conferences and deliver workshops at regional and national education events. We also organise our own training events, such as our annual Film Industry Conference for Media and Film Studies teachers. In addition we are able to offer sessions for teacher training institutes for both staff and trainee teachers.

Where several staff members have the same training needs, bespoke training delivered at your school or college can be a cost-effective option. For information on upcoming training events or to see details of past events visit http://www.filmeducation.org/training If you would like to enquire about any of these, please contact training@filmeducation.org with details of your query.

Other:

Where can I get further advice on using film in the classroom?

There are several areas of our website where you can find out more. Try the Film in the Classroom section and the Staffroom page; if you can't find what you're looking for, or if you have a specific request, you can contact primary@filmeducation.org or secondary@filmeducation.org for further information.

Who writes your resources?

Most of our resources are written by the Education Team, all of whom are experienced teachers. We also produce work in collaboration with film industry and education professionals and experts from a wide range of areas and disciplines.

Are there opportunities for teachers to contribute to Film Education's work?

We value teachers' input on our work and request feedback on all of our resources. If you are interested in trialling new resources or submitting case studies of your classroom practise using film, please contact primary@filmeducation.org or secondary@filmeducation.org. Please note that our site hosts our own materials - we do not currently offer a space for teachers to upload their own classroom resources, as these facilities are provided elsewhere by organisations such as TES and Teachit.

If you want to get involved with programming local screenings during National Schools Film Week, you can Have Your Say through the website or by contacting events@filmeducation.org.

I am not in the UK. Can I still use Film Education's resources?

Our website content is free to access around the world; however, we are only able to mail our content - including items in the shop - within the UK.

Can I order film posters through your site?

We sometimes produce educational wallcharts and posters based on feature films for use in the classroom. Like our other resources we are only able to produce limited runs of these, so they are usually only available at the time of the film's cinema release. If you would like to know if we currently have any wallcharts available, contact primary@filmeducation.org or secondary@filmeducation.org.