Film boost for Leeds child literacy

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Film can help to boost children’s literacy skills - research in Leeds has revealed.

Early indications show its use has raised progress by almost 100 per cent in reading and over 50 per cent in writing.

A team of film educators has spent the last academic year working with teachers in Leeds to show how film can be used to improve attainment and progress in reading and writing.

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The study also reported a 75 per cent improvement in attitude to learning, with one school showing 500 per cent improvement among children with special educational needs.

Debbie Maturi, director of Leeds Young Film, which is involved in the project, said that “the results of last year’s work show the positive effect film can have for young people in school, both by supporting their learning and increasing their enjoyment.”

Beta Filmworks’ Partnership: a consortia of organisations including Leeds Young Film and Access Moving Image, along with two independent education consultants, are behind the project. Teachers from schools across Leeds were asked to focus on children who were making little or no progress in literacy.

The programme, supported with funding from national education charity Into Film, is said to have had “a very positive effect” on motivation, engagement, progress and attainment.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds Council’s executive member for children and families, said: “Film can be a great way of unlocking young people’s imaginations, which is key to helping them to realise their potential and to be more positive about what they can achieve.”

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