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News Long service recognition for Decorative Panels’ staff

Decorative Panels Holdings recently recognised a combined 658 years of service within their subsidiary companies by presenting long service awards to 8 of their most loyal employees each of whom has over 25 years of service. They were joined at the celebration by 16 of their colleagues who had achieved this milestone last year.

A leading manufacturer of wood based panel components and flat pack furniture Decorative Panels is a significant employer in the areas of West Yorkshire and Teesside with over a century of history and experience.

The awards were presented by Group Chairman Steve Gaunt and Group Managing Director Guy Metcalfe who commented saying:

”We are delighted to be able to present so many employees with awards for long service. A strong business can only be built on the drive and support of its employees and we are extremely appreciative to have such a hardworking and committed team within all our group businesses.”

Into Film and BFI announce new online course

Studies show that film incorporated into the curriculum can help to significantly improve literacy. Most recently the ‘Leeds Partnership Project: Improving Literacy Through Film (2014/15)’ recorded a 96% improvement in average points' progress in reading, and a 60% improvement in average points' progress in writing, in pupils regularly engaged with film watching and filmmaking. Now, teachers throughout the UK can learn tried and tested strategies for using film to raise literacy attainment in a new, free online course – Teaching Literacy Through Film running from January 25th 2016.

Created by the education charity Into Film, in partnership with its main funder the BFI, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is available on the social learning platform, FutureLearn. The MOOC is the first of its kind in teaching literacy through film. Running over four weeks, the flexible course will provide an introduction to the ways in which film and filmmaking can help to raise literacy attainment through the use of a range of teaching approaches and frameworks. It will also demonstrate how film can be used to help develop analytical and life skills of children and young people.

Participants on the course will develop a variety of techniques and strategies to enable them to confidently use film in the curriculum to raise attainment in literacy. A key aspect involves finding out how to use film as text to develop learners’ critical thinking, analytical and


contextualisaton skills, with an introduction to the key concepts of colour, character, camera, story, setting and sound – the 3Cs and 3Ss – and how learners can use these to analyse and decode film and other texts. By interacting on the FutureLearn platform, which is designed to enable learning through conversation, course participants will be able to ask questions and share best practice and experiences with each other, as well as the experts leading the course.

In addition, course participants will gain access to a number of educational resources to use in their own classrooms on completion of the MOOC. These include easily downloadable PDFs, classroom-ready film clips and activities

In a blended learning approach, on completing the course educators will have the opportunity to follow up with additional face to face CPD training from Into Film practitioners, enabling it to be used as part of a school’s CPD strategy. As well as expertise from Into Film, the MOOC incorporates input and evaluated methods from – among others - the BFI, the Bradford Media Literacy Group and Beta Filmworks Partnership, and will be open worldwide online enabling participants to share ideas and practice with educators across the globe. November 2015

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