Why it works

Working with a documentary as a key text or learning resource helps teachers develop critical and independent thinking in young people.

Clips from feature-length films can be used to introduce a new subject, illustrate an idea or spark debate. It is an effective way to develop key literacy skills amongst secondary school students, whilst equipping them with the empathy, understanding and agency to navigate some of the issues they will go on to face.

Students respond powerfully to real life stories and positive role models, learning through identification and others’ stories.

Documentary is particularly effective at engaging pupil across a wide spectrum of ability. It is a widely accessible stimulus that can truly challenge and unite a classroom of students.

2400+ users

In 1400 schools

Over 25% of secondary schools in England

"It's never been more important that our young people grow into informed, active citizens, able to collaborate, question and make their voices heard. The real-life role models in Doc Academy's films and the thought-provoking exercises in the lesson plans support teachers in working specifically towards this objective."

Justine Greening,
Deputy London Mayor for Culture

"Some of the lower ability ones and the ones that are usually disruptive they all just went really quiet and were really engaged in it. Seeing real life stuff like that it actually affects them more"

Harinder Kaur,
Cooperative Academy of Leeds

It brings so many subjects to life, which is helpful as we’re trying to tackle so many issues with our students. It’s these kind of real characters that make an impact on them"

Sarah Maile,
Sandhigh School