Endorsements for RSE Programme (cinema-in-education)
The girls loved the films. Year 7 was actually in tears at the end of the film as they could not believe someone can be so mean to the main character. Year 9 applauded the girl in the film for saying no! That was a brilliant moment.
Ulrike Richter, Marymount International School
The visit this morning was a great success. We thought the cinema experience was outstanding and the pupils thoroughly enjoyed it. The films allow them to engage less shyly when asked to share their thoughts and they were less afraid to feed back in front of their peers. The quality of the films was excellent and the performances wholly convincing. Edith was superb; a skilled questioner and facilitator, she communicated brilliantly with the pupils and they felt encouraged and enabled in the talking sessions.
Therese Horsefield, St Thomas More, Eltham
Staff and pupils were very impressed with the presentation. The films were made to a high production standard. It was extremely professional and you achieved the outcomes of the sessions.
Kieran Campbell, St Aloysius, Highgate
I was somewhat sceptical about the move to a cinematic experience as I know myself and the students found the live theatrical performance to have quite an impact. However, I needn’t worry as actually I think the cinematic version works really well with the input of the facilitator. It was a high quality production, very slick and got all of our students on the edge of their seats – they were engrossed in the storyline and the discussion
Paul Walton, Cardinal Wiseman, Greenford
I felt the quality of the production was pitched very high. The students were presented to as young adults and this made all the difference. They were very interested and engaged. It was excellent. I did some follow-up with my tutor group the next day, discussing some of the issues from the film. They were really positive about the session – they found it interesting and engaging, they felt they could relate to it and had heard of people being in similar situations here at school, and for some of them they thought it gave them a different way of thinking about sex and relationships. As form tutor I think it is the best session of its type I have been involved in – I would echo the sentiments of the students, and it creates a lot of interesting follow-up discussions.
Comments from various staff at Ratcliffe College
The films were brilliant. They are really high quality and the students responded very well to them. I feel it allowed a greater understanding of the characters and made it more real. Overall the whole thing was brilliant, thank you.
Rachel Thompson, St Martin’s Academy, Leicester
All year groups appeared to enjoy it, it didn’t seem to phase them with the new cinema-in-education format, in fact I found it quite useful to be able to stop and start. Engagement was good. Your facilitator was great. Really encouraged the kids to get involved.
Mairead Fowler, St Robert of Newminster, Washington
I thought the whole performance was outstanding and believe the cinematic format actually works better for what is being delivered.
Damian McCann, Cardinal Hume, Gateshead
Students were engaged throughout and the proof of the success of the programme was the discussion that took place on their return to class. The treatment of serious issues was fair and not ‘sugar coated’ and the Catholic view was highlighted. Responses from some of our students clearly showed that the content was correctly pitched and stimulated discussion. All students were engaged – the films were excellent quality and the questions appropriate. The facilitator did an excellent job. She was clear and engaging. She gave students enough time to think through responses to her questions before allowing them to answer. She paused to allow students to settle when they became unsettled – particularly after the more emotive parts of the course.
Kerry Davies, St Edmunds, Wolverhampton
As far as the new format is concerned, staff, pupils, the Headteacher and I thought it was amazing. I personally feel that it is actually more effective and having the characters represented by realistic people on screen was so powerful. The girls engaged so well and this was due to the realistic nature of the films, the quality of the films, sound etc and the presenter who was awesome!
Natalija Dujkic, St Paul’s, Birmingham
The day was very successful. Staff and students have been very positive about the experience. The quality of the cinema format was superb and students were clearly engaged. The facilitator was excellent and the outcomes were achieved.
John O’Callaghan, St Michael’s, Watford
I would like to express how happy we were with the 3 sessions on 19/4/17. I spoke to a lot of the boys after each session and they found it very interesting and relevant. The quality of the films were good and I would like to thank your facilitator Edith for her excellent work as presenter.
Pierre Cargill, Wimbledon College