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Acting Up

Information for Schools

Acting Up is a bespoke Film, Drama and Digital Media programme that will normally take place over one or two days per week. Young people will work in small groups over a term of 12/13 weeks to create their own film, where they will take full ownership of content, style and technical execution.

Working with professionals with expertise in youth engagement and creative film making skills, the group will be supported throughout the entire process in order to create an end product they are proud of.

In addition to having gained vocational and personal development skills and an Arts Award, the young people will be inspired to be better placed in consideration of further education pathways into the creative industries. 

The pupils will be developing interpersonal skills throughout the programme. This includes:

  • Working effectively in a group
  • Taking leadership roles
  • Learning to take responsibility of self and others and equipment
  • Valuing others, in particular their opinions, beliefs and skills Gaining confidence Improving self esteem and self worth Negotiating with peers and professionals
  • Managing time and schedules effectively
  • Working individually on elements of the film making
  • Making creative decisions

The pupils on the programme will gain skills transferable to the creative industries, in particular technical skills in film making. These include;

  • Learning about Film Literacy, creating plot, characters and storyboards
  • Learning and handling Digital equipment
  • Understanding the use of specific film equipment for specific shots
  • Learning how to use high quality film editing software
  • Understanding the considerations needed to comply with filming guidance during film shoots and on location
  • Understanding the varying roles within film making and what these translate to in terms of duties and responsibilities

The programme will recruit a group of young people termly to participate in weekly sessions, which will take place Wednesday and Thursdays 9-3pm* each day. There will be a maximum of 6 young people on each cohort. *negotiable on start times depending on pupils ability to arrive at Broadacre House. 


Pupils will work towards their Bronze Arts Award which is equivalent to:

  • D-G Grade as a GCSE/Drama
  • Grade 1/Level 1 Award in Employability Skills

*There is also the potential for some pupils to work towards their Silver Arts Award if they are displaying potential to complete this within the timeframe, this is equivalent to: A* - C as a GCSE/Drama Grade 2-3/BTEC Level 2


  • Excluded young people
  • Learner at risk of exclusion
  • Learners with disabilities
  • Poor attendees
  • Pregnant teenagers/Young parents
  • Young offenders

Group Size

Minimum group size: 6

Maximum group size: 6

Who to contact

Contact Name
Clara Shield

Where to go

Broadacre House
Market Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Time / Date Details

Session Information
13 weeks (Term)

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£14.50 - per student Per hour
£87.00 - per group Per hour
£87.00 - per student Per day
£522.00 - per group Per day
Last updated: 11/07/2018
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