Screen Scotland at the Scottish Learning Festival

The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is the annual conference and exhibition for educational practitioners across Scotland and is completely free to attend. Organised by Education Scotland, SLF is the biggest professional learning event for Scottish education, which aims to inspire, innovate and inform great educational practice.

With a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers and boasting more than 100 seminars, opportunities for professional networking and an exhibition with over 225 exhibitors, there’s something for everyone involved in Scottish education at SLF.

This year’s SLF will take place at SEC Glasgow from 25 – 26 September.

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Screen Scotland seminar

Screen Scotland will be leading a seminar on moving image education (MIE); exploring collaborative approaches to developing moving image literacy, with sample teaching routines for the classroom, signposts to film resources and potential partners, evidence of the impacts of moving image education, and a footnote on careers.

What is film literacy and how does it differ from traditional view of literacy? We’ll be exploring what it is that makes film a language.

During the seminar, we’ll also look at how MIE can achieve excellence and equity, using evidence from our extensive research and independent evaluations of funded projects. In sharing our recent work spanning ten local authorities, we’ll highlight how improved partnerships and innovative approaches to teacher Career-Long Professional Learning (CLPL) is providing positive outcomes for learners.

Who is this seminar for?

We aim to inspire educators and policy makers on how best to take advantage of moving image in the classroom to raise attainment in literacy, sharing positive examples of Screen Scotland collaborative projects with partners.

What will you leave with?

Participants will gain a better understanding of moving image language and pedagogy, and will also gain insight into the wide range of career options open to young people.

There’s a need for a skilled workforce ready to enter Scotland’s growing screen and communications industries - and young people must be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare them for these careers.

Seminar Hosts

Scott Donaldson is the Head of Film Education at Screen Scotland, and has been an advocate for moving image education for many years, spanning a career as a lecturer at colleges and universities across the UK. Scott will share pedagogical approaches with participants, and facilitate the seminar - demonstrating a sample of routines to use within the classroom.

Hannah Watt is a qualified Primary Teacher who recently began working within the Film Education team at Screen Scotland. Hannah will be on hand to respond to practical questions, as participants consider moving image education within their own educational environments.

How to attend

Our seminar is happening at 3.15pm on Wednesday 25 September. You can find more details and register to attend the Scottish Learning Festival at