The Literacy Shed in Birmingham

Enhancing Reading and Writing through film

The Literacy Shed on Tour

After a successful career as a primary school teacher, Rob Smith has been delivering CPD in the UK and abroad since 2012. Rob works closely with schools and delivers high impact conferences in order to raise standards in reading and writing through the use of film and image. During the sessions Rob explores a wealth of still and moving images which range from short films, film trailers, and adverts to documentaries, animations and extracts from Hollywood blockbusters, demonstrating techniques which staff can take away and use in school immediately.

Literacy Shed Conference @ The Studio, Birmingham

Monday, May 22nd, 8:30am-3:30pm

7 Cannon Street

Birmingham, England

I am very excited to be coming to Birmingham

We do not print out notes for all of our delegates as many delegates now prefer to have them on tablets or electronic devices.

If you would like to download the powerpoint in order to print it out and bring with you then you can click the link at the bottom of this page.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided on the day. If you have any special requirements please email if you have not already done so.

What to bring:

  • note making materials.
  • I will mention some apps so you may want to bring iPads along to try them. (this is not a big part of the course so isn't essential)

Car parking is not available at the venue but there are carparks and transport links nearby. Click here for details

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email me

If you need to get hold of me on the morning of the event please call 07841682245

If you are no longer planning to attend please let me know ASAP as we do have a long waiting list for this event.

I look forward to meeting you all.


8:45 - 9:15 Refreshments and Registration.

9:15 - 11:00 Exploring the benefits of film for reading and writing.

In this session, Rob will explore a range of still and moving image media, demonstrating their value to the reading and writing process through analysis and questioning. The session will look at how a director’s choice to portray something can be used by teachers to inspire discussions and hook students in.

11:00 - 11:20 Break and refreshments

11:20 - 12:30 Setting a good example.

In this session, Rob will show how film and image can be used to teach writing techniques such as portraying character emotion, building tension and creating atmosphere as well providing a wealth -of content for both fiction and non-fiction writing.

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 Taking Grammar to the movies.

In this session, participants will experience how film can be used in the teaching of grammar. Through discussion and demonstration Rob will share useful activities that use film alongside teacher modelling to enhance the teaching of the grammar curriculum and embed it within the teaching of reading, writing and speaking.

2:30 - 3:30 Film story scaffolds.

Films tell a story; in this session Rob will demonstrate how the stories told in films can be used as scaffolds to help students create their own narratives. Rob will explain how films can be broken down into scenes and shots and what role each of these has within the narrative.

3:30 Home time

All tickets only £99 per person including lunch

Click here to download the course booklet.

It will likely give you an error message saying that the file is too big to scan. Click download anyway. (it is quite a big file)