We began our journey with Into Film in 2016. Having run a film club at school, we were looking for an organisation that offered a vast film catalogue, resources and support. Into Film do this in spades!
Film allows our students to engage in the wider world in a way they can't through textbooks and discussion.Education Ambassador David Richardson
We particularly love the annual Into Film Festival and its has become a real highlight in the school calendar. Students who recently finished their school career with us were still talking about how Into Film provided their first cinema trip - something they'll never forget!
Another highlight was when the Into Film team came to Kingdown and our students participated in a panel to decide the final shortlist of films at a Bristol film festival. This culminated in our students and their families attending the festival!
Film allows our students to engage in the wider world in a way they can't through textbooks and discussion. It allows them to see the world through new eyes and fresh perspectives, and opens their minds to untapped ideas.
In terms of my own journey, I attended the Mindfulness Through Film online course, which allowed me to explore important links between film and mental health. The resources were fantastic, straightforward, user-friendly and most importantly, ready to implement in the classroom the next day.
I would recommend that all my fellow teachers take any opportunity Into Film has to offer (and there are lots). Our students have truly benefited from so much of their programme, from trips and competitions to literacy support, workshops and resources.
If you're feeling inspired by David's specific journey, enrolments are once again open for the Mindfulness Through Film course, which launches in October.