The TES is reporting that research has suggested spending the evening at the cinema or watching films can boost school grades.
Franzi Florack of Bradford University introduced regular film-literacy classes to 19 primary schools in Bradford. These were supplemented with visits by professional film makers to the classroom.
She found that following the classes, 38.8 per cent of pupils performed higher than expected in literacy tests.
The evidence was supported by interviews with the pupils, many of whom said that they felt more confident about expressing themselves following the film-viewing classes.
In fact, 53.7 per cent of students said that their writing was better in film classes than in other lessons. Meanwhile, 48.4 per cent said that they achieved better grades in film lessons than in other lessons.
The majority of teachers also believed that the scheme was having a positive impact on their pupils’ writing.
The effect of spending school time watching Jennifer Lawrence save the world in a black leather jumpsuit, or Robert Downey Jr doing the same in an iron onesie, was particularly felt in schools that had been judged by inspectors to require improvement…
See more also from Franzi Florack’s blog at: Exploring Film Literacy
It’s not absolutely clear from the full article if the improvement were independently measured or self-reported – which is obviously pretty significant – but do you see merit in the approach?
It claims to be particularly successful with underachieving and hard-to-engage boys.
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