About

Doc Academy is the Doc Society’s schools programme, providing free, easy-to-use resources for secondary school teachers

  • 100s of short clips from critically-acclaimed films
  • Curriculum-linked lesson plans for KS 3, 4 & 5
  • Inspiring social-action Activity Toolkit: all made by and tested with teachers

Doc Academy supports teachers to meet key literacy targets whilst engaging pupils in thinking about the world, about society and their place in it.

Doc Society is a dynamic think tank on a mission to ensure the sustainable future of documentary film in the face of challenges from the changing media, broadcast, funding and social landscape.

We are a non-profit founded in 2005 committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. We are supported by a number of US and European Foundations including Ford Foundation and Sundance Institute. Based in London and New York, we work with filmmakers and partners all over the world.

For more information about the films we have funded and our other projects please go to DocSociety.org.


Doc Academy was conceived by Doc Society in collaboration with the designer Luke Williams-Ellis, whose persistent encouragement was instrumental in the development of the project. The idea came off paper and was made real with the guidance of our good friends and partners at Riley Productions, with seed funding from Grierson Trust, and design by Doc Society's Creative Director, James Franklin.

Doc Academy piloted in 2012 thanks to funding from Porticus. Today, it is used in over 1400 schools in the UK and is made possible with funding from Esmee Fairbarn foundation.