TAG Learning Announces the Winners for the National School’s Film and Animation Awards

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The winners for the 2010 National Schools Film and Animation awards were announced in a broadcast on the 24th March on schoolstube.com, following a judging day hosted by TAG Learning. Over 90 schools entered, from over 11 authorities.

National Schools Film and Animation Awards

“I have just seen the TAG Learning / SchoolsTube film event with Floella Benjamin. Kids and staff loved the spectacle...even more considering we won one category! Really inspiring.” Jack Todhunter, teacher at Newman School, Rotherham

The winners for the 2010 National Schools Film and Animation awards were announced in a broadcast on the 24th March on SchoolsTube, following a judging day hosted by TAG Learning. Over 90 schools entered, from over 11 authorities. The winner’s announcement and judging day videos can be viewed on SchoolsTube:

View the judging day video chaired by Baroness Floella Benjamin

View the winners announcements presented by Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE

View all of the shortlisted films at SchoolsTube - a safe video sharing service for education settings.

A panel of judges, chaired by Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, shortlisted three entrants for each of 11 categories, covering the production of film, animation and mixed media from Key Stage One through to Key Stage Four. A secret ballot by the judges then selected the winner for each category.

Barrie Morgan, Adviser Digital Technologies at Rotherham LA said, “Winning at a local level is fantastic for both the teachers and children. Winning at the 'Nationals' takes it to another level! The National Film and Animation Awards is a real driver for further developing creativity and motivating learners. It's also a great opportunity to measure yourself against the best across the country."

Pete Johnson at TAG learning, a BLi Education brand, adds, “We have been overwhelmed by the talent and enthusiasm of the young students, their teachers and the Local Authorities involved in making each and every film. Using technology to inspire learning and creativity is our mission and we are proud to be showcasing these achievements from across the country.”

The winners for the National Schools Film and Animation awards are as follows. Each winning school will receive a selection of education software and services from awards sponsors Reallusion (creators of Crazy Talk, Crazy Talk Animator and iClone), Sherston Software and SchoolsTube.

(School name - Authority - Category) - click on school name to watch the winning film on SchoolsTube

Pennar CP School - Pembrokeshire - KS1 Animation

Sitwell Infant School- Rotherham -    KS1 Film

Lisle Marsden C of E Primary School - North East Lincs - KS2 Animation

Sageston CP School - Pembrokeshire - KS2 Film

St. Teilos RC School - Pembrokeshire - KS2 Mixed Media

Newman School- Rotherham - KS3 Animation

Clifton Community Arts School - Rotherham - KS3 Film

Rawmarsh Community School- Rotherham - KS3 Mixed Media

Ysgol y Preseli- Pembrokeshire - KS4 Animation

Clifton Community Arts School- Rotherham - KS4 Film

Portfield Special School - Pembrokeshire - SEMERC Special Award

About TAG Learning

Established in 1988, TAG Learning (TAG) has grown to become the leading independent publisher and value-added supplier of best-of-breed creative educational software tools and peripherals. Our selected range has been awarded over 8 coveted educational awards (BETT and Education Resources) by educators for innovation and creativity. TAG Learning is part of BLi Education Ltd.

National Schools Film and Animation Awards

About the judges

Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE
Actress, writer, independent producer and an active advocate for the welfare, care and education of children. In June 2010 she became a life peer and sits in the House of Lords and is also Chancellor of the University of Exeter. Her award winning production company has made hundreds of children's programmes and she received a BAFTA for her contribution to children's broadcasting. She was Chair of BAFTA - Television and created the Children’s BAFTA Film and Television Awards over 15 years ago. She has written over 20 books including, My Two Grandads, Arms of Britannia and Coming to England which is on the National Reading List. She has recently appeared in Sarah Jane Adventures, Chuggington, Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies and Bedtime Stories. She has led a nationwide campaign to save UK made children’s UK made television programmes. She has run 10 consecutive London marathons on behalf of children’s charity, Barnardos, raising thousands of pounds for them and other charities.

Merlin John
Journalist and Editor of agent4change.net a leading educational website featuring all that is happening in education in UK and world – features new and exciting projects, discussions with innovators and range of interesting articles.

Jack Kenny, Freelance journalist
Written many education articles for The Guardian and Agent4Change website, judge for education awards including BETT awards.

Dave Tidman
Transforming Learning Manager (New Technologies), Barnsley MBC Former Rotherham Teacher Adviser for ICT, Dave set up the first regional film awards, the Roscars which were such a success they were repeated and suggested to many more authorities.

Chris Drage
Freelance journalist, written books on the use of ICT in schools, written many education articles for The Guardian and Agent4Change website, judge for education awards including BETT awards

Trevor Millum
Ex-English teacher (in UK, Zambia and Singapore) and has been Director of the National Association for the Teaching of English. He has written widely on poetry, creativity and the use of ICT in English and is also well known as a children’s author. Books range from A Stegosaurus is for Life to ICT and Literacy. He is poet in virtual residence at Teachit’s Poetry Place and is currently working for Creative Partnerships in primary and secondary schools in Lincolnshire and Hull. He has run seminars and workshops throughout (and beyond) the UK for NASEN, NATE, NAACE as well universities, government agencies and local authorities.

Jen Skinner
Film Education Officer, National Media Museum, Bradford She has a passion for film and the magic of cinema and has spent the last 8 years working in either education or film. Jen managed Hebden Bridge Picture House for 3 years then after the birth of her son went into teaching on the Graphic Arts BA at Leeds Metropolitan University. She has also taught at Bradford College and been a creative practitioner at the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery.

Sally McKeown
Trainer and SEN Journalist, offering informed comment on all matters concerning educational technology and special needs, including dyslexia. As well as delivering keynote presentations and workshops in the UK and Europe, she is currently engaged in research projects and running online communities of practice. Sal has taught in schools and colleges, supporting students with a range of learning needs. She has also worked for government agencies and is now a freelance consultant, focusing on dyslexia, gifted and talented, learning disabilities, assistive technology and e-Learning. Sal writes for the Guardian, Special Children magazine and other educational titles and won the NSE Journalist of the Year award for specialist press.

Fran Greenaway
Curriculum Adviser for BLI Education. Also works as part time Teacher Adviser for Worcestershire LA. Teacher and trainer.

Peter Johnson    
Brand Director for TAG Learning (division of BLI Education), actor and School Governor

Peter Cope
Brand Director for Sherston software (division of BLI Education). Author of 6 books on digital video

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