A NEW project utilising film to raise literacy levels is set to get underway in Bradford.

The four-year Film for Learning initiative, run by charity Into Film and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, aims to improve standards in literacy by using the art of film.

With Bradford being the first UNESCO City of Film it was a natural choice as a location to set up the project, along with other filmmaking hubs, Belfast and Bristol.

Ten schools in the district will take part in the project, with teachers receiving specialist training which lays out how using film can positively impact pupil learning in literacy and across the wider curriculum.

As well as boosting learning in the classroom, it will also enable educational film clubs to be set up in schools.

Catherine Sutton, from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “Into Film’s high-quality approach to using film as a tool for teaching and learning has a powerful impact on students’ literacy and development, in particular for young people experiencing disadvantage.

“Film for Learning will offer schools and teachers a valuable opportunity to develop the skills, experience, confidence and networks to sustainably embed film-based learning in the curriculum and in teachers’ practice.”