Celebrating teachers who use film to inspire

03 May 2016

6 mins
Anson Primary Teacher and Club
Anson Primary Teacher and Club

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day, we've compiled a selection of clips from some of our inspiring Into Film Club leaders. Each brings film into classrooms around the UK and in these 3 short clips, pupils discuss the fun and engaging lessons they create and the positive effects film has on their learning. 

Alan Thomas-Williams is a teacher at Ysgol Treganna in Cardiff and uses film regularly to improve reading and writing work. Here, his pupils talk about how much they enjoy his classes and engaging way of teaching.

Pupils at Hexthorpe Primary School in Doncaster celebrate the work of their teacher Phil Sheppard, whose use of film in lessons has lead to many achievements for the school. Speaking about her enjoyment of his classes, once pupil said: "he helps us learn in a special way that makes us feel comfortable with learning."

Having picked up the 2016 Into Film Award for Teacher of the Year, Simon Pile of Anson Primary in north London continues to inspire his students as well as other schools and families outside of the classroom. His film and technology themed approach to learning has seen many areas of the curriculum come to life as you will see in this clip.

Read more from our teacher of the year here.

There are many great films featuring inspirational teachers in different environments, for primary pupils the likes of Matilda, Kes and Kung Fu Panda are a good place to start. For secondary pupils, there's an equally diverse range of titles including French language film The Class, plus The History Boys, Precious, Dead Poets Society, To Sir With Love and Mona Lisa Smile.

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