Digital video generates enthusiasm for creating the best work. It develops self-confidence. It enables people to comment on themselves, to comment openly on each other with maturity and objectivity.
We lead by example. I would not expect a child to do anything that I would not do myself. Saying a piece of work is good is not enough - they have to deconstruct why it was good.
One of the nicest moments was when I wasn't sure how to get the sound through to the speakers.
A Year 7 student plugged it all through and said: "That's how you do it, miss". I really felt a sense of community. It is important that they get a chance to use the equipment. They have to feel ownership.
Out of the Drama slot we are making a film with students about the arts that are part of student's lives that are not part of the curriculum: hair-braiding, skateboarding, Afro-Caribbean street dancing, graffiti, bhangra drumming.