Moving images dominate global culture and communication, so film education is critically important in the learning of young people in the 21st century. Film’s importance is recognised in the Curriculum for Excellence, but not all schools and teachers are confident in film education. Screen Scotland’s main aim in schools is therefore to help build their capacity and capability in film education, including through career-long professional learning in schools and in teacher education programmes, and to provide online film education resources for teachers.
Screen Scotland provides film education materials within Education Scotland’s intranet Glow Connect – Scotland's digital learning platform. We host a SharePoint Film and Moving Image Education page within the National Expressive Arts Professional Learning Community which is linked to a Microsoft Team – Screen Scotland: Film Education. Both contain teaching resources, research into film and moving image education, case studies of projects funded by Screen Scotland and useful links for teachers looking to develop their skills in film education.
We also fund and co-develop four film education websites developed with the needs of Scottish Early Years, Primary and Secondary teachers in mind:
- Screening Shorts contains a vast library of short films and a range of hands-on, in-depth film tutorials and teaching resources for exploring moving image literacy in the classroom.
- Scotland on Screen was developed in partnership with the National Library of Scotland and contains hundreds of films from Scotland's Moving Image Archive, accompanied by learning resources designed by classroom teachers and leading practitioners in moving image education.
- Languages on Screen is an exciting educational resource that makes French, German, Spanish, and Italian short films available online. These are all free to watch, download and use in schools across Scotland and are accompanied by resources for teachers.
- Moving Image Education is about helping young people to analyse, explore and understand the meaning of what they’re watching and hearing, and to enable them to create films themselves. Use their guides to make your own film or video and explore the site to really understand the whole of Moving Image Education.
A wide range of classroom resources are also available from Into Film (supported by the British Film Institute), who can support the development of film clubs in schools.