BRITDOC launches Doc Academy, a FREE easy to use documentary educational online platform devised by teachers for teachers, to bring documentary film into the teaching of core subjects for key stages 3 - 5. The first film to launch Doc Academy 2014 is The Island President (2011, Dogwoof), which focuses on former President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives action for climate change, tackling the rising sea levels that will determine the literal survival of his country. 2014 also marks the International Year of small Island Developing States, so this is the perfect film for lessons on the environment, with a lesson plan comprising a full scheme of work- spread over 3 lessons for Key Stage 3 (ages 11-13), written by a TES Resources-assembled teacher panel. Doc Academy aims to encourage the use of documentary film within core learning for 11-18 year olds in UK schools and alternative education settings, with access to high quality documentaries that offer a deeper understanding of wider social issues, help develop
media literacy and teach pupils key skills.
The platform features clips of documentary films with associated lesson plans for use within English classes, tied to National Curriculum objectives. The films are categorised into themes ranging from bullying to the environment, women's rights and immigration, to disability and more with popular examples including Afghan Star - This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation's favourite singer and Moving to Mars which follows two refugee families from Burma over the course of a year that will change their lives completely. Doc Academy was piloted across the UK in 2012-2013 in 18 schools in partnership with TES Resources, and is now rolling out nationally with a following of 466 users including teachers representing 239 schools
across the country.
Teacher testimonials: “I just wanted to email you as I used the 'Moving to Mars' resources last Thursday when we had OFSTED in. The inspector came in and she loved it! I got an outstanding in my observation and I wanted to thank you for this! The children really enjoyed the lesson and got lots out of it. I am marking their analytical paragraphs now and am
amazed by the detailed responses!” Lauren Faith, La Retraite RC Girls' School "I’ve had a really, really good experience and I’m definitely recommending it to other English teachers. It s always good to give students a different experience in the classroom. Most of them have never watched a documentary before." Anna Bowen, Rokeby School Doc Academy is funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and brought to you by Riley Productions and BRITDOC Foundation.