Institute of Education


H is for Harry: a special preview film screening

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 13 December 2018

H is for Harry

A coming of age story about Harry, a charismatic 11-year old boy, who arrives at secondary school in suburban London unable to read or write.

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Kate Thomas


Nunn Hall
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way

With the help of Sophie, his extremely dedicated teacher, can Harry overcome the illiteracy ingrained across generations of his family?

Against the backdrop of a Britain riven with debates around class, identity and social mobility, the film follows Harry over two years as he fights not only to improve academically but also to believe in a different future for himself.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and educationalists to address the issues raised in the film.

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Directors: Edward Owles, Jaime Taylor
Production company: Mercurial Pictures
Runtime: 80 minutes
This free special preview film screening is hosted by the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research (CTTR) at the UCL Institute of Education. Join the conversation on Twitter with @HisforHarryFilm and #hisforharry.


About the Speakers

Professor Martin Mills

Professor and Director of Centre for Research on Teachers and Teaching at UCL Institute of Education

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Professor Gemma Moss

Professor of Literacy and Director of the International Literacy Centre at UCL Institute of Education

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Edward Owles & Jaime Taylor

Directors of H is for Harry

Ed and Jaime have run Postcode Films for the past 10 years, working on films for NGOs, museums and arts organisations. Jaime also worked as Producer on the BAFTA-nominated, double Grierson winning The Secret History of Our Streets (BBC2). Ed’s short films have been broadcast on C4 and Al-Jazeera, his previous feature documentary, screened at festivals worldwide, was included in 2014’s edition of the festival.

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Ed Vainker

Co-founder at Reach Academy Feltham and Reach Children's Hub

Ed Vainker is the co-founder of Reach Academy Feltham, an all-through school in South West London. The school opened in 2012, judged outstanding in 2014 and in 2017 achieved the 16th best GCSE results nationally. Ed is also the co-founder of the Reach Children's Hub offering cradle to career support for the community in Feltham. Prior to founding the school he worked internationally for Teach For All and was based in Washington DC. Ed is a Teach First Ambassador, has been on a number of DfE expert panels and is currently a member of the Royal Foundation Steering Group on Early Life.