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Into Film Awards 2017 announced


The Into Film Awards are back for 2017 as Into Film sets out to find the best young filmmakers, reviewers, film clubs and teachers of the past twelve months - this year with the support of education partner NATE.


This year’s Into Film Awards ceremony will once again take place


at London’s ODEON Leicester Square on 14 March 2017. Designed to recognise, showcase and celebrate young people’s involvement in film and education, the star-studded, red-carpet event will bring together film industry professionals and young people to shine a spotlight on the filmmaking achievements of 5-19 year olds from across the UK, as well as recognising teachers’ use of film in the classroom, young film reviewers, and exceptional film clubs in primary and secondary schools. There are 16 awards to be won in 13 categories, including eight


filmmaking sub-categories in live action, documentary and animation, alongside Reviews of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Film Clubs of the Year. A new guest category for 2017 in association with the UK Space Agency - Into Film: Into Space & Home, invites young people to make short films inspired by Tim Peake’s space adventures and return to Earth. Schools, organisations and individuals can enter and the deadline for applications is 31 January 2017.


uFor information on how to enter, and to access filmmaking tips and resources, visit: www.intofilm.org/awards


Savings clubs and financial education in primary schools to be expanded


A network of savings clubs and financial education in primary schools across England launched recently with backing from the Archbishop of Canterbury. LifeSavers, a programme promoting financial education and savings clubs


administered by credit unions in primary schools, is on course to reach 30,000 children by the end of 2018 after a successful pilot scheme. LifeSavers gives children practical experience of money management through


saving small, regular amounts of money in savings clubs administered by credit unions. The scheme encourages support from parents and volunteers and provides


teacher training and resources to help schools integrate financial education across the curriculum. The programme is a partnership between the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just


Finance Foundation and Young Enterprise, the enterprise and financial education charity. A grant from Virgin Money will enable LifeSavers to reach 120 more schools


by 2018 in six areas including the North East, Nottinghamshire, South East London and West Yorkshire. An additional funding boost from the Government announced earlier this


year will enable the resources and learning to be shared with many more primary schools across the country. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “How we think about and


use our money is central to a fulfilled and contented life. “That is why I strongly support this exciting initiative to encourage children to develop positive attitudes towards money and the habit of saving. This programme has the potential to make a significant difference to the lives of millions of children and future adults.”


uwww.justfinancefoundation.org.uk/act/lifesavers


Sue is “Outstanding HLTA of the Year”


Lincolnshire Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Sue Brown has been awarded the Outstanding HLTA of the Year title for 2016. Sue, who works at Malcolm Sargent School in


Stamford, was presented with her award and a framed certificate by Andrew Mitchell MP at a ceremony in Westminster in November. The Outstanding HLTA award is now in its


fourth year and is aimed at teaching assistants who have gained HLTA status and who go above and beyond the call of duty to demonstrate the vital role that HLTAs play within schools. Sue qualified for the national award by winning


the East Midlands regional award in the summer. She attended the national ceremony with the eight other regional winners from across England. Sue said: “I am absolutely delighted to have


won the award. It was very apparent after meeting the regional winners that we are a very diverse bunch and to have made the final at all


was a great honour. I'm very proud to be an


HLTA and in my opinion the work we do in school is invaluable. It has been so lovely for us all to receive recognition for the hard work we do in a job we all love so much.” The Outstanding HLTA of the Year Award is


organised by the HLTA National Assessment Partnership (HNAP), an organisation made up of the four regional assessment providers that work together to manage and quality assure the assessment of standards for HLTAs across England. Professor Richard Rose, chairman of HNAP,


said: “Sue had to meet a range of exacting criteria set by the judging panel, including demonstrating high aspirations for each pupil, a firm belief in pupils' abilities and a strong commitment to pupils' progress, as well as a continuing commitment to her own professional learning and development.


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“Without exception, the work of the


candidates shortlisted for this prestigious award was praised by their professional colleagues who recognise the outstanding contribution which HLTAs make to their schools and to the lives of children, families and teachers.”


uwww.hlta.org.uk December 2016


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