Magazine article Screen International

Film Improves Literacy Claims UK Report

Magazine article Screen International

Film Improves Literacy Claims UK Report

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Film in education is improving literacy and motivation to learn claims report from BFI and other UK film bodies.

A new report from UK film bodies claims that the use of film in education is improving literacy levels and young people's motivation to learn as well as developing skills that will help them in employment.

The BFI, FILMCLUB, Film Education, First Light and Skillset surveyed 400 teachers, project leaders and pupils from across the UK who integrate film within lessons.

All of the teachers surveyed said that they saw improvement in the educational attainment of their pupils. 73% of teachers said they saw an improvement in the critical thinking and understanding skills of students and 83% saw an improvement in creative thinking of students.

71% of teachers in the survey said they saw an improvement in the reading and writing skills of students as a result of learning with film.

Teachers were asked to indicate whether using film in the classroom had a more notable impact on boys or girls. Of those teachers who said that using film did have a more pronounced effect on one gender, 80% said that the greater impact was on secondary school boys, largely because of boys' motivation for learning and their literacy. …

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