Birmingham music teaching website nominated for prestigious Royal Television Society award Nov. 2, 2016

We are very proud to announce that one of our projects has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award.

ReelMusic is a new digital resource for music teachers

• Developed by three Birmingham-based organisations: ReelLearning, The Music Service at Services for Education and Vyka

• Now nominated for the Best Digital Innovation Category of the Royal Television Society Midlands Awards

A new digital resource for music teachers has been nominated in the Best Digital Innovation Category at the Royal Television Society Midlands Awards.

ReelMusic is the first digital resource of its kind, created specifically for music teachers and professionals. The website is home to 230 short videos, all filmed within Birmingham classrooms, that show different techniques and tools for music teaching. The videos encompass diverse topics including classroom management and ending a lesson to the teaching of warm-up breathing exercises and how to improve pupils’ confidence.

The website was developed by technology company ReelLearning, working in collaboration with Birmingham’s Music Service (part of Services for Education) and film company Vyka.

ReelMusic.co.uk is currently available to all music staff and music co-ordinators in Birmingham’s 423 schools, with plans to roll out the website to schools around the country over the next year. The website launched in April 2016.

Rebecca Bartlett, Director of ReelLearning, explained how the ReelMusic.co.uk came about:

ReelMusic is designed to encourage conversation and debate amongst music teachers. It can be a very isolating job – many music teachers are the only music specialists in their schools – and so having a platform to look at new ideas can be invaluable. We know that teachers are finding it increasingly difficult to attend training courses, and this website is a time-effective way to manage their CPD. The short videos help teachers to get into other people’s classrooms and spark new ideas.”

Ciaran O’Donnell from The Music Service at Services for Education, commented, “ReelMusic is not a simple resource bank. It is a tool designed for the music education profession to encourage induction, conversation and debate amongst instrumental and school staff. It’s perfect for inducting new staff and supporting planning for all music teachers.”

Paul Davies, Director of Vyka, added “The videos on ReelMusic were all filmed in Birmingham schools. The three partners worked closely to ensure that we captured quality footage of best practice teaching that would work well on this platform.”

The videos on ReelMusic were filmed in Birmingham schools during the 2015-16 academic year, including Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, Jervoise Primary School, Holy Souls Catholic Primary School and Rockwood Academy.

ReelMusic has been nominated in the Best Digital Innovation category of the Royal Television Society Midlands Awards. The winner will be announced on Thursday 3 November at a gala ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.


Royal Television Society Awards Shortlist Oct. 1, 2016

We are pleased to announce that our product ReelMusic, which is run in collaboration with The Music Service at Services For Education, has been shortlisted for an award with the Royal Television Society.

The nomination is in the Digital Innovation category and looking forward to the awards ceremony in November.


ReelLearning Launches New Service ReelMusic Sept. 1, 2016

ReelLearning is proud and excited to announce the launch of ReelMusic.

This is an exciting project in collaboration with The Music Services at Services For Education

ReelMusic.co.uk is the first digital resource of its kind, created specifically for music teachers and professionals. The website is home to 230 short videos, all filmed within Birmingham classrooms, that show different techniques and tools for music teaching. The videos encompass diverse topics including classroom management and ending a lesson to the teaching of warm-up breathing exercises and how to improve pupils’ confidence.


Happy New Year from ReelLearning Jan. 20, 2015

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the New Year and a new term. We are pleased to introduce our new user guide videos to help you get the most out of the ReelLearning platform. There are three short videos, each covering a section of the site:

• ‘Browse, Search and View’ - video clips on the site

• ‘Creating Playlists’ - of your favourite clips

• ‘Creating Groups’ - so you can share playlists and comment with colleagues

To see the complete set of videos, click this link: http://vimeo.com/reellearning.

As always, we’re interested to hear your feedback and how you are using ReelLearning. If you’re not already a subscriber then you can set up a free trial.

Contact us either at info@reellearning.co.uk or by posting us a message on Facebook or Twitter

Wishing you a successful 2015,

The ReelLearning Team


New video clips for the start of the school year Sept. 10, 2014

Welcome to the new school year! For the start of the autumn term, we are pleased to announce a selection of new video clips on ReelLearning for both primary and secondary teachers. The new video clips look at the use of whole books in KS2 as a stimulus for learning across the curriculum, and in KS3 we focus on the development of teamwork skills within the classroom. As always interview clips with teachers, head teachers and learners accompany the lesson content.

We’re always interested to hear your feedback at ReelLearning. If you’re not already a subscriber then you can set up a free trial.

Each month we’ll be highlighting a featured clip – tell us which video clips have helped or inspired you or your colleagues. Contact us either at info@reellearning.co.uk or by posting us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

We’ve got 2 featured clips for the start of the new term.

For primary teachers check out ‘How can you promote in-depth exploration of text?’ where the impact of working with whole books on children’s learning is illustrated.

For secondary teachers take a look at ‘Review and Reflection’ where we see the teacher and students review and reflect together towards the end of their lesson. The plenary ends with students suggesting some ideas for the improvement of teamwork. This issue of group construction is then picked up in the related interview with the teacher, which you can listen to in the clip titled ‘Grouping Strategies’.

For a full list of new clips for both primary and secondary, visit our new blog posts.


New Secondary clips - Autumn Term 2014 Sept. 10, 2014

Here’s a complete playlist of all our new Secondary clips.

We join a KS3 class developing their teamwork skills. They are writing a bid to host an Olympics event. With an emphasis on being creative and reasoning, the importance of teamwork is highlighted.

At the end of the lesson, we see a plenary session where individual and group reflection is followed by feedback and discussion on how individuals worked, and how the team could improve next time. An interview with the teacher gives background to the learning and teaching experiences.

Classroom Interaction

• Sharing lesson intentions

• Teamwork protocols

• Starting the group task

• Ideas taking shape

• Mini-plenary

• Extending group ideas

• Homework task

• Consolidation phase

• Review and reflection

Professional Dialogue

• Providing ‘thinking time’

• Grouping strategies

• Encouraging transfer

• Life long learning


New Primary clips - Autumn Term 2014 Sept. 10, 2014

Here’s a complete playlist of all our new Primary clips.

We join KS2 towards the end of the summer term where the classes have been reading two books, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mr Tom, as a stimulus for learning across the curriculum, and also to approach different writing genres.

The video clips include group-based discussion, direct teaching, speaking and listening and writing. We learn about the impact of a whole book approach on children’s learning, and see the on-going process of evaluation and planning from the staff and head teacher’s point of view.

Classroom Interaction

• How do pupils see the link between reading and writing skills?

• What does it mean to compare characters in a book Part 1?

• What does it mean to compare characters in a book Part 2?

• What does it mean to compare characters in a book Part 3?

• What does this picture mean to you? – comparing characters

• What are the benefits of studying whole books?

• How can you promote in-depth exploration of text?

• How can a teacher promote exploration of text for meaning?

• How do pupils understand their learning? – developing meta-cognition

• Studying whole books – what are the pupils’ perspectives?

• How do you develop pupils understanding of success criteria for writing?

Professional Dialogue

• What is the place of whole books in the new curriculum?

• How should teachers evaluate and plan towards a whole book approach?

• What are the key features of introducing the new National Curriculum using whole books?

• What is the impact of a whole books approach on pupils’ learning?


New Year, new look for ReelLearning Jan. 21, 2014

We are pleased to unveil a refreshed ReelLearning for 2014. As from today our community will benefit from a number of improved features, including greater ability to share and comment on playlists and content.

You’ll also have access to an additional hour of brand new, bite-sized clips into the ReelLearning video bank. Over the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting these new features through the blog, and giving you tips and advice on how to get the most out of ReelLearning.

We’re delighted that the new content features a series of clips from an exclusive interview with Professor Mick Waters. As Director of Curriculum at the QCA from 2005-2009, Mick has been instrumental in the direction of teaching and learning in the UK. Our interview explores Mick’s views on the new National Curriculum, and how schools now have an opportunity to do things differently.

This month why not check out ‘Implications of the new National Curriculum’ – Mick Waters challenges us to think about what the new curriculum means for schools. He reflects, “The real challenge for our schools is to say what do we want for our children, what do they need from us as a school that fits into their community… and how do we structure it to make sense?”

Search for all of Mick’s clips by typing in Mick Waters to the ‘Search’ box in the browse clips section of the website.

As always, we’re interested to hear your feedback at ReelLearning. If you’re not already a subscriber then you can set up a free trial.

Please contact us on info@reellearning.co.uk or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.

Wishing you a successful 2014,

Rebecca Bartlett Director ReelLearning