First Light in the Classroom - Survey Results

First Light in the Classroom -  Survey Results

The Positive Impacts of Creative Media Projects for Young People

First Light conducted a survey in 2011 in order to gather accurate data about the advantages of young people working on creative media projects. We asked 90 teachers and project leaders who had previously been involved with First Light, about the changes they had seen to the young people they worked with.

“The projects have a powerful effect on the young people. They come to life when offered the chance to make a film and to get themselves and their concerns heard. The projects change people’s lives” – survey contributor

Some statistics you may have expected:

100% believe that their project helped to develop the young people’s creativity

99% believe that the young people involved developed their team-working skills

95% said that the young people developed their Information Technology skills through the project

98% of people saw an improvement in the confidence of the young people involved

99% felt that the project helped the young people to develop their communication skills

94% felt that the young people involved developed their problem solving skills through the project

“The group of young people we worked with have Special Educational Needs, and alternative and creative approaches to learning the key curriculum subjects is always a challenge for teachers. Making films allowed us to approach some of these key subjects in a more creative and meaningful way” – survey contributor

However, some results that may be more of a surprise to you:

92% of people that took part in the survey felt that the behaviour of the young people involved in the project improved.

73% of people agreed that the project helped to enhance the young people’s curriculum based work or school grades, where applicable. Only 7 people said that on their project, this was not the case.

58% saw improvements in attendance through the project, where applicable. Only 6 people said that on their project, they did not see this improvement.

91% believe that the young people developed their time management skills through the project

97% said that the young people’s concentration levels were developed through the project

78% said that the young people’s reading and writing skills were developed throughout the project. Only 6 people felt that on their project, this was not the case.

And finally,

88% said that they would recommend using creative media in a classroom setting, whilst only 2% disagreed.

“Parents and teachers we spoke to noticed a great difference in the young’s people confidence and academic application” – survey participant

To view the results of the whole survey, download the attachment on the right hand side.

For more information on creative media projects in the classroom, click here.