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If you would like to continue learning, Into Film can offer additional supportive face-to-face literacy, filmmaking and animation training for any educator working in the UK with young people aged 5-19.

We can offer free training in your school for groups of 15 or more educators. (Apologies for those of you working outside the UK, we’re only funded for UK delivery but we hope you have enjoyed benefiting from our online course.)

The Into Film Offer:

Visit for further information on our programme, and for details on how you can set up a free Into Film club in your UK based organisation. The website also offers access to a vast range of free cross-curricular teaching resources and details about the Into Film Festival. Access to exclusive Behind the Scenes content can be found on the Get Into Film YouTube channel

Further BFI training: If you would like to gain an MA qualification, BFI is a partner in an MA Media, Culture and Communication masters programme for teachers and other educators interested in film and wider media in the classroom. The BFI has also been a partner in the international film education programme Le Cinema: cent ans de jeunesse since 2009.

For helpful insights into how educators can work with material held by the BFI National Archive, go to

Although we won’t be replying to comments after the course ends, you can revisit all of the course content at any time by returning to the Your Courses section of the FutureLearn site.

We hope you will continue to embed film watching, analysis and making into your lessons, and create opportunities for raising attainment through film in all aspects of learning for children and young people.

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This article is from the free online course:

Teaching Literacy Through Film

The British Film Institute (BFI)

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Why use film to improve literacy?
    Why use film to improve literacy?

    Watch this short video to discover how and why learning through film improves literacy.

  • Foley sound
    Foley sound

    This step is an introduction to Foley art, and has a video clip with Foley artist, John Fewell.

  • Stills from The Girl and the Fox that show different shot sizes.
    Developing writing through camera shots

    Linking camera shots and positions to still images in this activity, can provide a great writing stimulus in creating narrative.

  • Record and Playback
    Record and Playback

    An introduction to the technique of Record and Playback, a simple but very effective tool for curricular learning.

  • Two images each showing samples of a shoe box set design.
    Shoebox set design

    Making a shoe box set takes your pupils on a filmmaking journey that produces literacy outcomes, and is a great tool for assessment. PDF provided.