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Senior Blog: 19th November 2020

Welcome to issue number 19 of our Katie Jayne Tutors Senior Blog.

So many of you have written in with photographs of new pets that we simply could not resist adding a small photo gallery for you to ooohhh and ahhh over…

Plus, there is a great guide to what to focus on this term.

In this edition of ‘A Day In The Life Of…’ we look at the comings and goings of life as a film editor.

We chat a little about Anti-Bullying week and look at what you can do to help. How about Odd Sock Monday and Friendly Friday?

Enjoy the read and don’t forget to get in touch with us if you have any academic questions, or if you would like to share your own pet pictures, work or even if you would like to write an article for us. info@katiejayne.co.uk

Have a good week.


What will you be concentrating on this week and for the rest of this term?

There will be the usual round of parents evenings’ and the odd school trip, with some of you rehearsing for your LAMDA examinations that shall take place in January 2021. During November 2020 to January 2021 Scholarship Assessments for Sport, Music and Drama will take place in Private Schools and then from January 2021 there will be  11+ and 13+ Entrance Exam Days which we know many of you will be studying for. If we can be of any help to you please do write in to us at info@katiejayne.co.uk

This week is Anti-Bullying Week 2020 and this year it focuses on being united against bullying. You will have probably seen a good deal of information about Anti-Bullying Week especially as it started with Odd Socks Day and will finish with Friendship Friday. What did you get up to at your school to highlight this and how did you feel about talking and sharing experiences you may have had? You can sign up and then print off your anti-bullying certificate to take to your school, hang it in your classroom to remind everyone that bullying is not acceptable and the more you discuss the subject the more likely the bullies will not be able to get away with their bullying ways. There are lots of places to find help and download resources, here are just a few: Unique Voice, Kidscape.

How about concentrating on something you really enjoy for the rest of this term? Or perhaps choose to focus on something that you find particularly difficult? How about…

Reading can open up whole new worlds, it can teach, it can make you laugh, it can make you cry, it can excite and encourage, it can help you form opinions, it can teach you a new skill or open your mind

Disovering Literature 

Or perhaps you were born to be an engineer

Have a read 

Maths Help

Try Edexcel Math help here

Choose something and see if you can work on that something up until Christmas. Then look back to see how this focus has helped you to achieve something you really wanted to.


A Day in the Life of a Film Editor

Organise and string together raw footage into a continuous whole according to scripts or the instructions of directors and producers.

Review assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors to determine if corrections are necessary.

Trim film segments to specified lengths and reassemble segments in sequences that present stories with maximum effect.

Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.

Set up and operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product.

Record needed sounds or obtain them from sound effects libraries.

Review footage sequence by sequence to become familiar with it before assembling it into a final product.

Manipulate plot, score, sound and graphics to make the parts into a continuous whole, working closely with people in audio, visual, music, optical, or special effects departments.

Program computerized graphic effects.

Conduct film screenings for directors and members of production staffs.

This career is also closely related to Assistant Film Editor, Associate Producer, Commercial Producer, Cue Selector, Digital Editor, Director, Editor, Electronic News Gathering Editor (ENG Editor), Film Editor or Film Editor Supervisor.

What do I need to become a film editor?

There’s no fixed entry route. Employers usually value your technical skills and personal qualities like patience and creativity, more than formal qualifications. It’s common to move into video editing in film or TV from an entry level role like a TV production runner.

Experience is highly valued and would give you a taste of what it is like to work in the industry. It could also help you to gain practical skills. Getting experience is also a great way to meet new people and make contacts who already work in the industry. Not all jobs are advertised, so your contacts could help you find longer term paid work later on.

You could get relevant experience from:

editing student or community film productions

working for an editing equipment hire company

creating and editing films for charitable organisations

work experience as a runner in an editing facilities company

A qualification is not essential but it could help you gain practical skills, like using editing equipment and software. You could study towards a course in film, video or media production. The most useful courses include work placements and the chance to build contacts in the industry.

Related skills

Attention to detail


Interpersonal skills





Time management

Academic route

HND, foundation degree, degree or postgraduate course in subjects like film and television studies, media production, or film and media

Vocational route

Level 1 Award in Using Mixed Media Techniques

Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Creative Media Production

Related subjects

Media studies

Find out more here…

Creative Skill Set 





Katie Jayne’s Interesting Facts

Almost one out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year, with cyber bullying becoming more prevalent. Join the Anti-Bullying events in your school and make bullying less likely in your school.


Thought For The Week

What would it be like to have a new pet in the house? What pet would you like? How would you look after it and what do you think the benefits are of owning your own pet?

See our readers gallery…..




Regular items...

Media Charts


Tenet is now on pre -order through Sky and Virgin channels for all of you that have been waiting so patiently for this to come out on your TV’s.

IMDB describes the film as  ‘Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.’ Starring  John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki.



By Ariana Grande



With Khan Academy learning app you can study Maths, Science and more at your own pace, anytime, and completely free. – Learn math (arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, linear algebra), science (biology, chemistry, physics), economics and more.


Feel the Burn

Try one of Jessica Smiths free workouts this week, clear some space at home and throw yourself into it…


Have fun


Or how about swapping up your workouts by going out for a run a few times a week?



Educational Activities


Try these short problems

Anti Bullying

Learn a little more about anti-bullying here 

Chemistry GCSE

Calculations in Chemistry with AQA 

Moving Image Art 

Production Skills  planning and organising