Fulfilling student potential to maximise student grades. Led by our highly respected and successful presenter Chris Warrington, the course will demonstrate how to build a road map for a successful department. This will cover everything from the layout of the course, the film texts you decide to use, the best methods for showing and analysing films, how to get the most from your marking and feedback as well as how to create the environment and legacy of an outstanding department that builds a positive reputation with pupils.


  • Find out what an Outstanding Film Studies department looks like.
  • Analyze how to assess and redevelop your current Film Studies curriculum models to meet the latest Ofsted Inspection requirements.
  • Detailed and clear planning advice for GCSE and A-Level paths in school.
  • Explore examples of guided marking/feedback from the classroom.
  • Explore how a Head of Department can model outstanding teaching and learning across the department.
  • Explore how to move beyond the classroom and create a legacy in the subject at your school.
  • Take away a sample plan for a course, templates for course books for GCSE and A-Level, templates for starter tasks and introductory units to inspire outstanding and rich teaching and learning.


DATE & LOCATION Online | Wednesday 23 June 2021
  • Head of Departments or Lead Teachers in Film Studies
  • Teachers with responsibility for Film Studies
  • Subject specialists looking to expand their course
  • Experienced Media or English Teachers looking to fast track or transition into film
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Webinar
  • You will receive a specially prepared file electronically containing detailed notes, and teaching materials and resources which will be of immediate practical benefit in the classroom.
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

10.00 – 11.00am
What does a Film Studies course look?

  • Key challenges for Film Studies Departments and Key challenges leading a Film Studies Department: Overcoming the stigma of the subject, raising the profile of your class, raising the profile of your intake, adapting to limited resource availability.
  • Reflecting upon and developing ways of approaching the key challenges faced by Heads of Film Studies
  • What comes first – Introducing Film Studies and establishing the language of film along with writing for Film Studies.
  • Selecting a Program that works for you and your students which maximizes results.

11.00 – 11.15am: Break

11.15 – 12.00pm
First things first: priorities, structure, maintenance

  • Arranging your terms, where/when to do the NEA, show the short films, the order of the courses and times for mock assessments.
  • Logical patterns to follow, how to seed subjects so that students can follow them and not be confused by the final output.
  • How a Head of Department can model outstanding teaching and learning across the department
  • Supporting your colleagues with innovative teaching

12.00 – 12.30pm
Making Film Studies Scene Analysis and Feedback Meaningful

  • Create a scene analysis culture where the ultimate responsibility lies with the students to drive the learning. Challenge them and encourage their leadership.
  • Feedback approaches for the GCSE and A-Level that upgrade answers and help to structure student’s writing.
  • Strategies for establishing, maintaining and promoting high quality teaching, learning and assessment

12.30 –  1.00pm
Managing People with Skill and Confidence

  • Assessing staff performance
  • Understanding when to manage and when to lead to get the best out of your team
  • When to coach and when to manage
  • Understanding the whole school context; working with SLT; the confidence to champion and compromise

1.00 – 2.00pm:  Lunch

2.00 – 2.30pm
Building Around the Core

  • Making the classroom an appealing place to be – Displays, screening facilities and memorabilia
  • Film Challenges, Film Suggestions, Film Club, Screenings and other opportunities (The Watchers)
  • Every lesson a clip, regardless.

2.30 – 3.00pm
A Legacy Subject

  • Maintaining a reputation and standards through results and student voice.
  • Linking to universities, course lists and links. Apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Former students, guest speakers, YouTube and your awards.

3.00 – 3.45pm
Making the NEA decision

  • Planning for when and where to situate the NEA in your course.
  • Options and requirements for successful NEA delivery including script templates and filming advice
  • Moderation advice and tips to follow.
  • Submission Guidance
  • NEA crash course, shortened NEA approaches.

3.45 – 4.00pm

Chris Warrington

Chris Warrington has extensive experience in the current and previous iterations of the WJEC/EDUQAS specifications for Film Studies and has also provided key resources for the EDUQAS GCSE key documents. As a freelance film writer with over ten years’ experience, he has been published in The Guardian, Future Publishing, The Big Picture, Film Stories and more.

He is currently a Secondary Head of Film Studies at leading school in Derbyshire.