Teacher CLPL Sessions Archive

Recordings and materials from online CLPL sessions for teachers on a variety of topics related to screen education.

Tuesday Team Talks / Screen Sessions

From 2021 to 2022, Screen Scotland’s Education team hosted free monthly online CLPL to help Scottish educators build their capacity and capability in screen education.  Speakers from across the education and screen sectors were invited in to share their expertise on a variety of topics, from play pedagogy to archive film to higher education courses.  The aim was to ensure attendees left each session full of inspiration and with activities to bring into the classroom. 

You can catch up on all thirteen of these sessions by viewing the recordings and materials below.

Catch up on previous sessions

Screen Sessions - Screen Sessions - 3Cs of Screen Education: Cultural Activities

Date: Tuesday 13 December 2022


About: The backbone of all screen education work is the development of critical, cultural and creative skills, taught interconnectedly – or the 3Cs. We will be running three sessions from November to January, each one focusing on a different ‘C’ and activities that could be used to teach it in Primary and Secondary classrooms.

Following November’s ‘Critical’ session, this month’s session is on how to approach teaching cultural screen education. Cultural learning involves studying a film to create awareness of other societies and cultures, how groups are represented on screen (and the good or harm this can cause) and how diverse audiences can be. It is also about incorporating and giving value to everyone’s personal knowledge, response and choice.

Gail Robertson, Screen Education Officer and ex-English/Media teacher, shares an overview of what cultural screen education looks like from Early Years to Senior Phase.


Screen Sessions 3Cs of Screen Education - Cultural Activities  – pptx opens in new window

Screen Sessions - Screen Sessions - 3Cs of Screen Education: Critical Activities

Date: Tuesday 22 November

About: The backbone of all screen education work is the development of critical, cultural and creative skills, taught interconnectedly – or the 3Cs.  We will be running three sessions from November to January, each one focusing on a different ‘C’ and activities that could be used to teach it in Primary and Secondary classrooms.  This month’s session will be on how to approach teaching critical screen education.

Critical learning involves studying a film to learn how to identify, examine, develop, evaluate, respond, question, problem-solve and articulate.  Examining a film critically also means introducing learners to screen language (mise-en-scène, camerawork, editing, sound…) as well as examining character, setting, imagery, theme, etc.

Louise Sedgewick, English/Media teacher at St Margaret’s Academy in West Lothian and an Into Film ambassador, shares an overview of what critical screen education looks like for both Primary and Secondary, along with a whole bunch of suggested classroom activities for you to take away and try. 


Screen Sessions 3Cs of Screen Education - Critical Activities  – pptx opens in new window

Screen Sessions - Writing NQ Critical Essays for Screen Texts

Date: Tuesday 25 October

About: The Film and TV Drama option for National 5 and Higher English pupils is becoming more and more popular as educators recognise the many advantages to teaching screen texts. However, there remains a lack of confidence and resources in this area. In this follow-up to Screen Scotland’s successful session in May (The Book Thief: Teaching Film for English at N5 and Higher), Screen Education Officer and ex-English and Media teacher Gail Robertson will address some key questions that arose following the May session, such as understanding structure, anticipating questions and formatting an essay, as well as where to find online resources and recommendations of texts.

Bringing Screen Education into the School Library

Date: Tuesday 20 September 2022

About: The school library is one of the most exciting, engaging and precious resources in any school. Pupils gain so much from the opportunities presented there, be it through timetabled classes, lunchtime clubs, study groups or simply dropping in!  However, dedicated reading time in the library can be a difficult experience for those who struggle with the written word, one that could potentially cause young people to become disillusioned with libraries and miss out on all they have to offer.

How to circumnavigate this problem?  Bring screen education into the library!  Allowing pupils to do some filmmaking or use an online streaming service to watch short films will build their literacy skills and engage them in the world of the library without the same pressure to read a written text.

At this month’s Screen Session, Moira Paton, librarian at Braes High School, Falkirk will talk about the different filmmaking and viewing ideas she’s used with young people to enhance engagement, literacy and health and wellbeing.  We will also share details of the screen education resources available on Screening Shorts for use in school libraries. 

Cinema Paradiso: Cinemas and Schools

Date: 14 June, 2022

About this session: Going on a class trip to the local cinema can be the most wonderful experience for a young person, allowing them to become fully immersed in a film that they might never have considered watching in their own time. As Covid-restrictions are finally lifted, cinemas are once more in a position to welcome children and young people back into venues, and share the many incredible opportunities designed explicitly for them.

For June’s Tuesday Team Talk, Screen Scotland welcome representatives from Scotland’s exhibition centres who are also delivering successful education work: Duncan Harte from Film Hub Scotland, Mike Tait from Dundee Contemporary Arts Rebecca McSheaffrey from Glasgow Film Theatre Duncan talks about the many educational offers from cinemas across Scotland, while Mike and Rebecca share information about their specific work with the Discovery Film Festival and the Glasgow Film Education Alliance. 

The Book Thief: Teaching Film for Higher and Nat 5 English

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2022: 4.30pm-5.30pm

About this session: As our idea of what constitutes literacy changes in the 21st century, teachers are more and more embracing the use of film as a text for National 5 and Higher English, but can find it challenging due to a lack of training, confidence and relevant classroom resources.  To help with this, Screen Scotland are offering an online CLPL session for teachers who want to offer their pupils film as a Critical Reading text.

Our speakers in May's Tuesday Team Talk are English teachers Nicola Daniel from Broughton High School and Euan McGrouther from Alloa Academy, and Gail Robertson, Screen Scotland’s Screen Education Officer. They talk about their experiences teaching film, offer advice on how you can bring this into your NQ practice and share resources.


The Book Thief: Teaching Film for Higher and Nat 5 English  – pptx opens in new window

Studying film for NQ English – pdf opens in new window

Teaching Film for Paper 2 – pdf opens in new window

Local Hero: Scotland on Screen and Teaching with Archive Film

Date: Tuesday 19 April 2022, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

About this session: Archive film is not only a vital and rich way to delve into history, its a fun and rewarding way to explore film and filmmaking in class. Scotland on Screen (one of Screen Scotland’s suite of film education websites) contains hundreds of films to watch, talk about and use as inspiration for your own History-focused or cross-curricular projects, including making moving image essays.  All films come from the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive and provide a fascinating insight into 20th century Scotland.

Our speakers at this month’s Tuesday Team Talk include Emily Munro, Learning and Outreach Officer for the National Library of Scotland and director of recently released archive feature Living Proof and Shane O’Sullivan, who runs the Make Film History project (part of Archives for Education).  They talk about their experiences using archive film and inspire you with ways that you can bring these films into your classroom.

Short Cuts: The Benefits of Teaching with Short Film

Date: Tuesday 15 March 2022, 4:30-5:30pm

About this session: It has been said that short films are like poetry: intensely emotional human experiences that are dense with meaning and technique.  This makes them a wonderful way to introduce screen education to classes, giving them copious amount of content to analyse in a film that only takes minutes to watch in its entirety.

We are excited and honoured to have two talented short-filmmakers presenting at this month’s talk: Ainslie Henderson and Michaël Dudok de Wit. Ainslie is a BAFTA-winning writer, director and animator whose stop-motion shorts ‘I Am Tom Moody’ and ‘Monkey Love Experiments’ have won over 60 international festival awards.  Michaël is a Dutch animator, director and illustrator who won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for ‘Father and Daughter’ (2000) and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for ‘The Red Turtle’ in 2016.

He has also made animation contributions to film and television productions including Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (1992) and ‘Fantasia 2000’ (2000).

Both Ainslie and Michael have films on our website Screening Shorts and we do encourage you to watch ‘Stems’, ‘I Am Tom Moody’, ‘Monkey Love Experiments’, ‘Tom Sweep’, ‘The Monk and the Fish’ and ‘Father and Daughter’ before the session.


The Benefits of Teaching with Short Film – Powerpoint Presentation

Lost in Translation: Using Film in the Modern Languages Classroom

Date: Tuesday 18 January 2022

About this session: When we watch films in languages other than our native tongue, not only are exposed to incredible cinema, we also learn more about other cultures and celebrate other languages.  As Languages Week Scotland 2022 approaches (31 Jan – 4 Feb 2022) we at Screen Scotland wanted to take the opportunity to explore the ways in which film viewing, film analysis and filmmaking can enhance the teaching of Modern Languages in both the Primary and Secondary classroom.

In this month’s Tuesday Team Talk, four speakers will share their experiences in combining Film Education with Modern Languages:

  • Ciara Gibson, teacher at Grandtully Primary School, Perth & Kinross
  • Sophie Clarke, teacher at Simpsons Primary School, West Lothian
  • Ann Robertson, independent languages consultant, Our World multilingual film making competition by Scottish European Education Trust (SEET)
  • Lynne Jones, Professional Development Officer for SCILT (Scotland's National Centre for Languages).

Toy Story: Play Pedagogy and Film for Primary Teachers  

Date: Tuesday 14 December 2021

About this session:  This Tuesday Team Talk, hosted by Screen Scotland’s Film Education Team, features a trio of speakers – filmmaker and educator Sandie Jamieson, and Primary teachers Jennifer Lilley and Anne-Mharie Pollock – who will share their experiences of integrating film education with play pedagogy and suggest ideas that you can take into the classroom with you straight away.


Play in films and filmmaking – PDF

Play Pedagogy and Film for Primary Teachers – Powerpoint Presentation

Tuesday Team Talks: Introduction to teaching film using critical, cultural and creative approaches

Date: Tuesday 16 November 2021

About this session:  In this Tuesday Team Talk , Screen Scotland’s Film Education Team, Scott Donaldson and Gail Robertson, will be joined by Mark Reid, Head of Education at the British Film Institute’s BFI Southbank cinemas. Mark will outline where the 3Cs came from and why they’re important; Scott and Gail will illustrate the ‘3Cs’ approach with two short films from our website Screening Shorts, outlining activities you can develop using each film

This session is ideal for teachers new to film education, but also for more experienced teachers looking for some new inspiration.

Step Up: University and College Courses in Film and Television

Date: 19 October 2021

About this session: In this Tuesday Team Talk, Screen Scotland welcomes speakers from four prominent Higher Education institutes with excellent courses in film study (Edinburgh Napier University, University of Stirling, University of Edinburgh and the University of the West of Scotland) who talk about the many opportunities that exist within their own and other universities and colleges, especially in Scotland but also elsewhere in the UK.


Step Up: University and College Courses in Film and Television – PowerPoint Presentation

Screen Scotland Step Up Production - Dario Sinforiani

The Producers: Basic Filmmaking across the curriculum and film competitions

Date: 21 September, 2021

About this session: Filmmaking with a group of pupils can be one of the most exciting and rewarding classroom activities for all involved, but it can seem like a daunting and overwhelming process, particularly for those picking up the clapperboard for the first time. Three experienced filmmakers and film educators will speak about classroom approaches to filmmaking in different forms: documentary, fiction film and animation. They will show you how filmmaking can enhance the study of a variety of subjects at all levels, from Primary 1 to S6.


The Producers - Basic Filmmaking Across the Curriculum – PowerPoint Presentation


If you have any questions, please get in touch with:

Film Education Officer, Gail Robertson: [email protected]