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Into Film and Paul Hamlyn Foundation in new literacy drive to benefit schools

Ten Northern Ireland schools have been chosen for Film for Learning, a new teacher training initiative, run by the education charity Into Film and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

TEN schools have been selected to take part in a new teacher training initiative.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced four years of funding for Into Film's Film for Learning Project.

The four-year teacher and senior leader professional development project aims to improve young people's engagement, participation and attainment in literacy by supporting staff to use film as a tool for teaching and learning.

Beginning in May, Film for Learning will work with 10 schools, with one senior leader and two teachers from each engaging with a bespoke programme of training.

Teachers will receive training and will be supported to positively impact pupil learning by developing capabilities to use film across the curriculum.

Training will also support teachers' professional development to become film leaders within their school, giving them the knowledge and confidence to share their learning with colleagues.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation said it was pleased to support the development of Film for Learning.

"Having already developed expertise in teacher development, Into Film's high-quality approach to using film as a tool for teaching and learning has a powerful impact on students' literacy and development, in particular for young people experiencing disadvantage," said Catherine Sutton from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

"Film for Learning will offer schools and teachers a valuable opportunity to develop the skills, experience, confidence and networks to sustainably embed film-based learning in the curriculum and in teachers' practice."

Teachers will be supported to use film clubs alongside the curriculum, run literacy film clubs, and to see the value of film in education.

Paul Reeve, CEO of Into Film added: "We're really looking forward to developing our programme further with Paul Hamlyn Foundation over the next four years and to continue to have a positive impact on cross-curricular learning and literacy attainment with film."

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