Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Senior Education Lecturer speaks at the House of Commons

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Jane Coles,Senior Lecturer in Education was recently invited by Film Education to speak at the inaugural Parliamentary Reception to celebrate National Schools Film Week. The event provided a platform to engage Parliamentarians, the film industry and key figures in the education sector as well as giving an opportunity to thank teachers and head teachers who make National Schools Film Week possible.National Schools Film Week, is the largest event for cinemas and schools in the world, providing teachers and their students the opportunity to see a wide range of films at local cinemas entirely free of charge. In 2011 nearly 470,000 students attended over 2,600 screenings in 520 cinemas.The reception, was held on the House of Commons Terrace and celebrated the wider role of the charity in delivering award-winning teaching resources, teacher training and cinema-based events which support the use of film within the curriculum - at little or no cost to teachers.Jane spoke about the importance of film education and her experience of embedding film in the curriculum in her role as Head of PGCE secondary education at Oxford Brookes University.“I am involved in a number of ways in developing and researching film education and I am really excited to have been able to contribute to this important event.”Other speakers included Ed Vaizey MP for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries and Chairman of Film Education, Barry Jenkins.