Upcoming events

Our annual conference has been cancelled due to lack of ticket sales.

The Film Space: 

Behind the Film Industry Conference. London , 30th November 2016

The Film Space brings you their annual conference “Behind the Film Industry”. Programmed especially for teachers and lecturers of film and media, the Conference offers an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ audience with the people who bring you the biggest blockbusters and the best specialised cinema from around the world.

This year’s conference offers a highly relevant CPD opportunity to both new and returning delegates. Whether you are an established teacher, department head, or new to film and media, the format is highly engaging, informative and current.  All delegates will receive up-to-date materials from the sessions that can be taken straight back to the classroom.

For more details please visit:






The Learning on Screen Awards are the UK’s only celebration of film and

media production in education. Recognising the talents of students,

broadcasters and university and college staff, the awards are the perfect way

to get innovative educational media showcased on a national stage.

For 2017 we’re widening our scope even further, welcoming entries from

school sixth forms in our FE student category for the first time. Entries are

open to sixth form student productions made as part of any course.

Productions are judged by a panel of independent experts including

broadcasters, academics and educators, with all shortlisted entries screened at

our awards ceremony at the BFI in London in April next year.

Please share this information to your sixth form media departments, and any

other departments where film and media production forms part of a course.

For more information and to enter visit: bufvc.ac.uk/learningonscreen




Into Film Festival 2016

Into Film Festival 

The Into Film Festival is a free and annual educational film festival which aims to help educators bring learning to life for 5-19 year-olds by inspiring them to watch, make and understand film in new and creative ways. Taking place from 9-25 November across the UK, around 450,000 young people will attend one of the 2,500+ free Festival events including: A cinema screening programme of over 150 film choices, Industry expert Q&As, Career information sessions, Filmmaking workshops, Masterclasses and Special speaker sessions. What’s more, free education resources that support the delivery of the curriculum will be available to download to ensure each school’s experience is not only fun but provides learning outcomes too.

details here: https://www.intofilm.org/events/festival



MEA Conference Nov 26


The conference is cancelled due to lack of ticket sales. All ticket purchases will be refunded. We apologise for the inconvenience.



Welcome to the new term!

A reminder of our upcoming teachmeets for the next three tuesdays at the English and Media Centre- all welcome, book through Eventbrite- all links here

Tuesday 4 October:

WHAT DO YOUR STUDENTS ALREADY KNOW ABOUT MOVIES* AND WHEN DID THEY LEARN IT? – Cary Bazalgette talks about her research on young children and moving image media

Tuesday 11 October: David Buckingham on the process of reform for Media and Film Studies GCSE and A-level

All events at the English and Media Centre London N1 2UN, start at 4.30 with free drinks and talks begin at 5.30, end 6.30. All free, all welcome, but please book through Eventbrite.

We commissioned Dr.Steve Connolly, from the University of Bedfordshire, to report on the draft specifications for Film and Media at GCSE and A level for first teaching in Sept 2017. His report can be downloaded here: report-on-draft-specsmea and we would welcome debate about his findings via the forum here.

It is important to note that all the specifications are drafts and subject to Ofqual feedback followed by amendments (which could still be quite big!) over the coming months. Steve’s report is based on what is currently on each board’s website and teachers are urged to read and compare the specifications for themselves- you may well come to very different conclusions to Steve! He will update his report later in the academic year when final versions are accredited.


Please note that where exam boards or others point out any factual errors in the report we have amended them, so we will note here any updated versions of the report.

1st update September 14th- amendments on page 9 re OCR Film Studies.

2nd update September 15th amendments on page 20 re WJEC Media A/AS

3rd update September 16th amendments to WJEC Film Studies p. 4 and 7


Additional resources from the research of students on the Media with English PGCE at the EMC and Goldsmiths is available on their collaborative blog at http://mediapgce2016.blogspot.co.uk/

Not all information has been checked for errors, but they have tried to work through all the specs and make sense of what is in them! Thanks to the group for their boundless enthusiasm and capacity for hard work- they will be looking for jobs next spring and will be an asset to your schools.