Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Pockets of Excellence

27 June 2013 | Peter Edwards

Published today and commissioned by the region’s arts and learning Bridge organisation CapeUK, Pockets of Excellence: Film Education in Yorkshire and the Humber highlights a number of areas of good practice as well as making a number of recommendations about future developments. It provides evidence that the study of film positively impacts on children's academic achievement and attendance.

Pat Cochrane, Cape UK’s Chief Executive Officer, said:

“The film tradition in this region is amazingly strong with numerous classic films based and made here and a number of people in the film industry who started off their lives in Yorkshire and the Humber.

“This report is not just about inspiring future filmmakers but is also about how film can be studied in its own right and used to promote learning across the curriculum and beyond schools to others working with children and young people.

“What is clear is that there are some great examples of film related work in the region having real impact on the lives of children and young people. There is clearly a need to ensure this work is supported, maintained and developed working collaboratively in future with the new BFI national 5-19 film education provider, Film Nation UK.

“CapeUK will continue to bring people together and promote a greater understanding of the cultural and educational value of film education while being mindful of the budget and other pressures that schools and organisations face.”

Becky Parry said:

“We are delighted that CapeUK have enabled us to capture this snapshot of the passion for film and film education in our region. In our research many educators and filmmakers offered evidence that film education is a rich and varied context for learning.

“There is an urgent need to support and develop this practice and to ensure all the children in the region have access to film culture and the opportunity to analyse and create their own films.”

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