Into Film features in new DfE guidance for wraparound childcare

20 Feb 2024

4 mins

The Department for Education have published a new document of guidance for schools on wraparound childcare, and Into Film are featured as a case study, highlighting how effectively our programme can support extracurricular provision.

Into Film has a long history of supporting pupils to learn with film in after-school settings, providing a wide range of teaching resources, including those to support practical filmmaking, and the UK's first free* school-specific film streaming service, Into Film+.

The introduction of Into Film+ in 2021 has significantly enhanced our offer, enabling educators to stream an ever-expanding catalogue of hundreds of films safely and legally, whether in the classroom to complement curriculum learning, or as part of a club or other activity outside of school hours.

We're delighted that the DfE has recognised both our work in this area, and the value that film can bring to children's and young people's school experiences.

The DfE guidance includes a small case study from a school in Telford, which has made valuable use of Into Film+ for its young learners over a number of years. "We run an after-school film club using Into Film+", explains teacher Andrew Denton, from Meadows Primary School. "Pupils at our club watch a range of films. Pupil Premium children with limited access to the cinema often refer to new films they have watched as 'the best film I've ever seen'. We've developed our club into one that focuses on filmmaking, as well as film watching. Into Film's filmmaking guides such as How to light a film set, Editing and filming on an iPad are particularly helpful."

We look forward to continuing to support schools to provide wraparound childcare, and to use the power of film to bring young people together in a space where they can learn, develop skills, and be entertained and enthralled.

* Screenings for an entertainment or extra-curricular purpose require a PVS (Public Video Screening) Licence from Filmbankmedia. State-funded schools in England are covered by the PVS Licence.

The core Into Film programme is free for UK state schools, colleges and other youth settings, thanks to support from the BFI, awarding National Lottery good cause funding, and through other key funders including Cinema First and Northern Ireland Screen.

You may also be interested in...

Viewing 4 of 4 related items.

Into Film Clubs

Into Film Clubs

Find out everything you need to know about starting an Into Film Club.

News details

Want to write for us?

Get in touch with your article ideas for the News and Views section.