Training Courses

Developing Your Education Programme - Sheffield


Showroom Workstation, Sheffield

Thinking of programming education events for all ages?

Want to develop loyalty in your younger audience?

Started an education programme and want to find out if you’re doing it right?

Film education is a positive, rewarding and vital element of ensuring independent film culture finds new audiences and fosters deeper engagement in existing audiences. This course has been designed in response to numerous requests from cinemas, film festivals, cross arts venues and film societies for advice on initiating or developing an education programme. The day will give you the knowledge and confidence required to develop a strong, coherent and sustainable programme of formal or informal film education events for audiences young and old.




Showroom Workstation

Who is it for?

  • Cinema and film festival education officers who are just starting out or who want to consolidate their knowledge
  • Cross arts venue education officers who want to understand more about film
  • Programming, audience development and managing staff of cinemas, festivals and film societies without a dedicated education officer who want to initiate or develop an education programme themselves
  • Staff of screen agencies and other support organisations who want a stronger understanding of best practice in cinema education programmes.

What will the course cover?

  • Starting out: Defining priorities and working with the resources you’ve got
  • Schools: Developing relationships with teachers, aligning with the curriculum, sourcing films for children, operational and legal considerations for working with school groups
  • Young people: Creating a welcoming space, marketing and speaking the right language, collaborative programming
  • Lifelong learning: Developing cine-literate audiences, working with the community, engaging older audiences
  • Useful contacts: Introduction to key organisations for advice, resources, funding and partnerships.

How will the course be taught?

Film education experts from venues and festivals will offer practical advice and present case studies of successful projects. In the afternoon participants and speakers will break into three small groups to discuss ideas and best practice for working with schools, young people and lifelong learning. You will also have the opportunity to network with exhibitors and film education organisations from around the UK.


  • Sue Porter, Film Education Specialist (course leader)
  • Cathy Poole, Education and Learning Officer, Curzon Community Cinema
  • Mark Reid, Head of Education, BFI
  • Noel Goodwin, Education Programmer, BFI
  • Martin Grund, Media Fish and Leeds Young People’s Film Festival
  • Jen Skinner, Film Education Officer, National Media Museum
  • Jemma Buckley, Audience Development Manager, Rio Cinema
  • David Somerset, Education Programmer, BFI
  • Jay Arnold, Head of Cultural Sector Investment, Screen Yorkshire
  • Adam Cooper, Strategy Manager, 21st Century Media Literacy

This course was funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund, which is supported by the National Lottery through the UK Film Council and the film industry through the Skills Investment Fund. Skillset is the Sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual Industries.

“Thanks for a really valuable course. I learnt a lot and made good contacts.”

— Previous trainee

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