Health - Primary focus

22nd October 2010 at 01:00

A film shot in three Glasgow primary schools picked up the "best long documentary" award this week at the annual Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

The Nurture Room was filmed in Royston, Wellshot and St Claire primaries and focused on pupils attending the schools' nurture groups - small supportive classes for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

The idea for the film grew from director Matt Pinder's involvement in a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary called Britain's Challenging Children, which was based on a survey of teachers who said behaviour in primary schools was deteriorating and affecting their ability to teach.

The programme followed the efforts of a small number of schools which were succeeding in tackling the problem head on. However, only snippets of the rich material filmed in Glasgow could be shown and the filmmakers decided to return to the schools to shoot The Nurture Room over the course of a year.

The film follows three troubled Glasgow schoolchildren as their lives are completely transformed under the careful and patient nurturing of their dedicated teachers.

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