Case study Educational

Mental health resources for schools

Recently we’ve been working with The Lily Jo Project to produce some brilliant in-depth video content for schools. The aim is to create resources that appeal to children and young people, and that don’t shy away from tricky mental health topics.

Ben was a pleasure to work with, his calm nature put me at ease and his turnaround times were quick and exactly what we had set out in the brief. I was blown away by the quality of the shots, and I would recommend Ben and team to anyone needing media services.

Lily-Jo, founder of The Lily Jo Project
The ‘Be The Change’ series focused on racism, empathy and how we can make a difference.

Lily Jo is a singer-songwriter and mental health professional. She started The Lily Jo Project because she’s passionate about talking to kids about mental health. Her unique skill is bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, and delivering it in a clear, non-patronising way.

Each month, The Lily Jo Project puts out a new series of mental health resources based around a different topic. So far we’ve filmed and edited over 2 hours of content for them. These have been on the subjects of racism and creative expression, and how they relate to our mental health.

For each series of mental health resources, there are alternate versions for different age groups. This clip is aimed at Key Stage 1 children, whereas the clip from Be The Change is for Key Stages 3 and 4.

Before the COVID pandemic, Lily Jo and her team focused on face-to-face teaching in schools. In 2020, they pivoted to a video-first approach, and it’s led to them expanding internationally. They now deliver mental health resources to schools as far away as Canada. We’re really proud to have been part of this journey, and to be working on something that will genuinely improve young people’s lives.

From mental health to classical music to parenting, we’ve got a lot of experience producing all sorts of educational content. If you’d like to work with us on something like this, drop us a line any time.

Case study Educational Video

Our video content is helping to raise Tiny Happy People

For the past six months or so, we’ve been partnering with production company Three Arrows Media to deliver nearly 50 pieces of video content for the BBC’s Tiny Happy People campaign. It’s been one of Studio 91’s biggest projects to date, and one that will hopefully have a far-reaching legacy.

Tiny Happy People wants to help address problems with language and communication that many UK children have when they start primary school. Using video alongside articles, quizzes and other digital content, the plan is to inspire and encourage parents to chat to their kids more and kick-start their language development.

The BBC Tiny Happy People website
The Tiny Happy People website has loads of great activity ideas – well worth a visit if you have children under 5.

So we’ve been all over the North West, filming parents and children modelling the sorts of activities and behaviours that experts want to see more of. That’s included a lot of nursery rhymes and made-up songs, as well as other content like activity ideas to occupy children at home. The films are designed to be friendly, informal and non-patronising, similar in tone to the work we’ve produced for BBC Bitesize’s Starting Primary School campaign.

Naturally, directing children is never straightforward, especially when you’re dealing with all ages from newborns to 5-year-olds. We quickly found that the youngest and oldest children in that bracket are the easiest to work with, whereas 2- to 3-year olds never quite want to do what you’re asking of them. So this project required a great deal of patience at the filming stage, and some very careful editing to make sure we were showing the best practice. As well as going through the usual layers of sign-off at the BBC, all the content was scrutinised by a panel of early years education experts.

BBC Tiny Happy People is a huge project, and a major priority for BBC Education, so you can expect to hear a lot more about it in the coming months and years – especially if you’re a parent of young children!

Case study Educational Video

Inclusive video content for BBC Ten Pieces

If you haven’t heard of BBC Ten Pieces, you’re missing out. Here’s how we worked with them on some fantastic video content to make sure all children are included in the great work they do.

Ten Pieces is a fantastic annual campaign from BBC Teach. It’s all about introducing children to orchestral music, and using it as a springboard to teach other academic and creative subjects. Video content is always a huge part of the offering, as well as written resources. In 2019, they were given funding to reversion some of the existing content for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The brilliant Ade Adepitan presented two of the five films. We filmed him on green screen, adding animated assets from Ten Pieces in post production.

They commissioned Studio 91 Media to produce five films, which would reversion their existing video content to be more inclusive for children with special educational needs and disabilities. The films combine existing material with new footage of musicians, presenters and BSL interpreters. The result is a suite of resources that is tailored to children with different types of additional needs.

We’ve worked on lots of projects for different teams within BBC Learning, but this was definitely one of our favourites to work on. The team gave us a clear brief right from the start, but they were totally open to new creative ideas.

This film features a BSL interpreter and a hugely talented young BSL performer called Layla Fitzgerald-Woolfe. As the orchestra plays Earth by Hans Zimmer, Layla provides a poetic interpretation using British Sign Language.
Case study Educational Video

These toilet training videos might be a game changer

BBC Bitesize has just launched a big ongoing project that I’ve been plugging away at since April. I’ve been working alongside Three Arrows Media, who were commissioned by BBC Learning to deliver 24 short videos to help parents prepare for their children starting primary school. This content, housed on a dedicated BBC website as well as on CBeebies social media, looks set to make a huge difference in our schools.

Why? Because research shows that children are less ready for school than ever when it comes to practical things like toileting and dressing themselves, as well as the social and emotional side. The BBC hopes that this suite of digital videos, as well as a child-facing game about the first day of school, will be a lifesaver for parents and teachers alike.

Head to BBC Bitesize to watch the videos I produced and see the other content on offer as part of the Starting Primary School project. There’s also a site aimed at young people about to start secondary school.

Claire Russell, text reads 'Gaining Independence'
Claire Russell AKA @play.hooray was one of our fantastic experts

I worked with Megan Nicholson, Three Arrows Media’s fantastic senior researcher, to cast eight experts and nine parents who could talk about a variety of subjects in an honest, informal and non-patronising way. We then worked with these contributors to create 24 scripts before driving the length and breadth of the UK to film them.

As I write this, I’m putting the finishing touches to the last batch of videos, and I really think they will be a gamechanger in our primary schools.

If you’re all about making the world better and want help creating video content to achieve that goal, I’d love to hear from you! Studio 91 Media‘s aim is to make social media less rubbish, one video at a time.

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Video tour of Moorside Primary School

Moorside Primary School in Salford asked us to produce a short video that showcased the school in a creative way. We came up with the idea of two Year Six pupils giving a tour of the site and interviewing other students. The film was shot over two mornings to make sure we captured the breadth of what Moorside has to offer, including their fantastic ‘forest school’ where kids can learn about the joys of the great outdoors. This was loads of fun to shoot and edit, with the two child presenters contributing a huge amount to the script and the overall tone.