B is for Blogging, F is for Film.

A day of CPD with The Literacy Shed and Deputy Mitchell

Enhancing English teaching through film and blogging

Rob Smith from the Literacy Shed has teamed up with David Mitchell to deliver a day of CPD which aims to engage learners in the writing process through film and inspire them further through publishing their work online.

At Bishop Grossteste University

Friday, Nov. 18th, 9am-3pm

Longdales Road

Lincoln, England


  • Explore quality visual resources and ways to use materials for maximum impact on progress.
  • Explore a rich library of visual resources and share ways to use these methods for maximum effect.
  • Demonstrate the power of blogging.
  • Share 'Livewriting' so that teachers can go away and utilise it in class.
  • Demonstrate how to create 'the perfect blog.
  • Establish how stories told in films can be used as scaffolds to help pupils create their own narratives and non-fiction.

What's happening?

8:30 – 8:50 – Registration, refreshments and networking.

8:50 – 9:00 - Introduction

9:00 – 10:30 – Exploring the use of film as a writing stimulus.

10:30 – 10:50 Break

10:50 – 11:50 – An introduction to blogging.

11:50 – 12:20 – Live writing showcase.

12:20 – 13:00 - Lunch

13:00 – 13:30 – How to Livewrite with your class.

13:30 – 14:30 – Film to support and scaffold the writing process.

14:30 – 15:00 – The perfect blog

Rob Smith

After a successful career as a primary school teacher, Rob Smith created The Literacy Shed and has been delivering engaging, practical and entertaining 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 still image.

During the sessions Rob explores a wealth of moving images which range from short films, film trailers, and adverts to documentaries, animations and extracts from Hollywood blockbusters. Rob will show how to teach techniques such as portraying character emotion, building tension and creating atmosphere - a range of tools that they can take back to school and use immediately to create original English units or to weave into existing units in order to enhance them further.

David Mitchell

David Mitchell has been a teacher for 18 years, he has been a Headteacher of two schools, Heathfield Primary in Bolton and Caton Primarynear Lancaster.David has always had an interest in getting children writing. Ever since using forums in 2005 with his Year 6 pupils to get them writing outside of the traditional school day, David's passion for technology enhanced learning has developed over time with his motto 'If it can't be used in 2 minutes it's too long!' at the forefront of his message to other teachers. In 2013, David became a freelance consultant on a mission to bring blogging to as many teachers and pupils as possible.

Praise for David Mitchell

“David Mitchell has a proven track record of using ICT to raise standards. Inspirational, highly practical and visionary, David is one of the key ICT communicators in Education in this country.”

Pie Corbett – Author and Educational Consultan

“David Mitchell is one of the true trailblazers of learning technology. His work on quadblogging is inspirational and has transformed the way schools are now using social media to promote engaged learning.”

Steve Wheeler – Associate Professor of Learning Technology, Plymouth Universit