Viewfinders is a hands-on filmmaking project delivered between Alchemy Film & Arts and Scottish Borders Council, supporting local teachers to learn how to use filmmaking with iPads to enhance teaching and learning within the school curriculum. 

Fourteen teachers across Hawick’s seven primary schools – Burnfoot, Denholm, Drumlanrig, Newcastleton, Stirches, Trinity and Wilton – are being introduced to filmmaking techniques through extensive workshops and projects across a two-year period, which commenced September 2021.

One of only ten projects across the UK to be funded as part of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund, Viewfinders is designed to build teachers’ confidence in media communications and to maximise use of iPads in classrooms. 

This project is part of Film Town, Alchemy Film & Arts’s community-engaged creative learning programme.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund supports the delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom, and embeds learning through the arts in the curriculum. It aims to do this through supporting teachers and school leaders to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.