Nerve Belfast is offering a unique opportunity for three Post Primary schools keen to develop the use of film and animation as a teaching and learning tool.
This year we will be offering an extended KS3 programme which includes access to the European Short Cut Project, which aims to:
“increase young viewers’ knowledge of European works from different, sometimes distant countries and strengthen teachers’ skills to educate through and about film”.
A library of curated European short films and animations exploring citizenship/personal development themes will be provided as well as teaching ideas and resources. Teachers taking part in the programme will not only receive training on using these resources, but they will also learn about using film language to promote Communication and TS & PC, and how film-making can provide pupils with a tool for self-expression and a means to explore sensitive issues.
As well as providing training, support, and resources for key teachers, it will also offer a group of Year 10 pupils 5 days with a professional film-maker during which they will create a short film based around the theme/s explored in class. A select number of pupils and a teacher from each school will then be offered a trip to Warsaw to meet other teachers and pupils from Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal and the Czech Republic participating in the project.
We will work strategically with senior management and with key staff throughout the year to enable the cascading of skills, knowledge, and capacity throughout the school with the aim that the resources, pedagogy and lesson ideas will continue to be used after the Partnership. We will also offer Creative Industry careers focused support and will provide guidance for pupils interested in pathways into the Industry, including access to our NI Screen Academies.
We ask schools to pick two key teachers to lead the Partnership and welcome applications from more than one department to support cross-curricular learning. (Please note: the final application is to be submitted by the Principal/Vice-Principal as well as the lead
The partnership programme is at the core of what we do and represents the largest investment of our time, capital and resources. Successful partnership schools will be expected to submit examples of work, lesson plans, and other positive outcomes.
We welcome applications from any Post-Primary Schools within the EA Belfast, South Eastern, and North Eastern areas. We are looking for vibrant forward-thinking schools with supportive senior management and enthusiastic teachers.