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Young Film Critic of the Year Awards 2007

Three young Scots film buffs have triumphed in a national competition organised as part of National Schools Film Week. Film Education is the unique link between education and the UK film industry. It facilitates the study and use of film and cinema across the curriculum creating, developing and sustaining a literate audience through the understanding and enjoyment of film. Film Education shows a wide range of films to children across the UK supporting a variety of subjects across the curriculum. Additional resources, support

materials and training enable teachers to use film in the most effective way in the classroom.

Film Education is delighted to announce that this year’s Young Film Critics of the Year are:

Young Film Critic of the Year (15-19) David Gray [16], Shenley Brook End School, Milton Keynes, Die Hard 4.0 Sensory Impaired Category: Dilara Earle [16], George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh, Two Days in Paris

Young Film Critic of the Year (11-15) Shani Freeke [13], Dunottar School, Reigate, Pan’s Labyrinth Sensory Impaired Category Dorri Johnston [14], International School of Aberdeen, Night at the Museum

Junior Film Critic of the Year (7-11) Sabeeh Sadiq [10], Rudston Prep School, Rotherham, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Sensory Impaired Category: Angus Morton [10], Bearsden Primary School, Scotland, Casino Royale Mini Film Fan (3-7) Adam Milward, Mary Eton Primary School, Cleveden, Hoodwinked

The winner of each age category receives a Yamaha Theatre System as well as a Promethean Interactive Whiteboard for their school. Any budding young critics who would like to enter the competition next year should visit www.youngfilmcritic.org for more details.

Wester Hailes Education Centre triumphs in SSLA Awards The winner of this year’s Scottish Support for Learning Association (SSLA) Good Practice Award was Wester Hailes Education Centre in Edinburgh, which was recognised for a broad-ranging and innovative Maths programme designed by Christine Karacaoglu (Maths) and Liz Smith (Support for Learning). The EIS has a strong committment to the work of SSLA and to the annual awards.

The course is run by the maths department in collaboration with the SfL department. The aims of the course include: • To improve numeracy which can lead to success in other subjects and help students in the real world. • To provide a bridge to Intermediate 1 (if desired). • To improve the financial awareness of students. • To encourage problem solving and working together.

The course leads to the award of a school certificate. It is aimed at 6 Scottish Educational Journal December 07

students who do not specifically need Intermediate 1 Maths for their intended careers, but who can benefit from the life skills provided in our course. Last years students went on to college to study such courses as Body Works and Beauty Therapy.

Support for Learning Teacher Liz Smith said, “Until 2 years ago I was also a Maths teacher here so we have a very good working relationship in the classroom which definitely helps us in our work with these students. In particular I deliver the Financial Awareness part of the course. We wanted this part of the course to be more wide ranging than the usual money work which students at these Maths levels experience so we look mainly at economic issues and go where the discussion takes us. We were fortunate to get some enterprise funding for materials because of this element and the problem solving.”

Maths teacher Christine Karacaoglu adds, “We built a

Below: Pupils Nicolle Moran, Robyn Livingston and Cher Collins show off the school’s SSLA Award

course using a Curriculum for Excellence guidelines – one which is self contained or can be used as a bridge to Intermediate 1. The course is important for students who wish to improve their numeracy skills to aid success in other subjects – perhaps in college – or go into any employment.”

Christine adds, “Many schools across Scotland have experienced similar problems with the unsuitability of Intermediate 1 for a small but significant cohort of students. People have already shown interest in our course and one Edinburgh school is already using an adapted form.” The SEJ adds its congratulations to the team at Wester Hailes Education Centre on their success with their numeracy programme.

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