Upcoming events!

1.FREE teacher development event in Bournemouth for MEA members:

Teaching Copyright for Critical Perspectives

8th July 2016, Bournemouth University

This free event includes overnight stay in Bournemouth and an evening meal with the Research Team on 7th July 2016

Copyrightuser.org<http://copyrightuser.org/>  is an online resource, based on extensive research into the changing nature of copyright in the online age. The resource aims at making UK copyright law accessible to creators, users, teachers and students amongst others.

A set of educational resources are available on the site, tailored for students working on the Contemporary Media Regulation topic for the OCR G325 exam, but also relevant for all the other topics, including Media in the Online Age, We Media and Democracy and Postmodern Media.


MEA members are invited to take part in a FREE teacher event at Bournemouth University on 8th July 2016. Participants will be provided with:

 *   Overnight stay in Bournemouth and an evening meal with the research team on 7th July 2016

 *   A one day course on how to use the Copyrightuser.org educational resources with students for the OCR unit or for other topics in A Level Media

 *   Access to an online course running in two stages – September and October 2016  (working with the resources in the classroom)

All of the above is free; those attending need only find funding for travel. The venue and hotel are walking distance from Bournemouth station.

Please click here to register and for more information.

Registration for the event will close on 1 July 2016.

2. BFI Media Conference 30 June/1 July

Bookings are now open with an early bird discount! Please see here for ticket information and to download a full programme.

3. Anyone in Birmingham interested in a session on regulation? Joe Stevens is planning to set one up involving a Q&A with David Buckingham. Contact him on









1. What is it?

A 93 page consultation with 24 questions to answer by March 24. It refers only to NEA (non-examined assessment i.e. coursework) in Film and Media studies at GCSE and AS/A level.

2. What has already been decided?

The percentage allocated to coursework has been set at 30%; group work will no longer be allowed in either subject, though there are some points about new rules on non-assessed students helping out with projects.

3. What are they consulting on?

Of the 30%, it is proposed that:
• in Film Studies, 10% goes to evaluation, and 20% for the production itself
• In Media Studies, the full 30% is allocated to production, with the evaluation component in the exam.

They want to know your views on this. They also want your views on:
• whether individuals should be allowed to have non-assessed helpers on their projects,
• whether exam boards should be able to choose whether coursework is marked by centres or by the board.

In our view, the most significant part of the consultation is on the setting of tasks. Ofqual proposes that a different task or set of optional tasks is set each year in each subject by each exam board, no earlier than June 1st of the year preceding the final assessment (in other words June of Year 10 for GCSE or June of Year 12 for A level). For many specifications, this would represent a major change of practice, since currently, the same tasks are set year on year.

There are implications to changing this practice which we do not believe Ofqual have thought through. They argue that if tasks are set too early, this results in an undue focus on the coursework assessment task. We believe that changing the task every year will create problems of comparability and continuity.

If exam boards offer a choice of tasks, centres have some scope to play to the strengths and interests of their students. If those tasks are available for several years, it also gives the opportunity to learn from experience and to make good use of resources. If tasks had to be changed every year, this would be a disincentive to offer a range of choices, since exam boards would quickly run out of tasks. It would also be highly disruptive to centres – one year the main task could be a music video, the next a documentary, and so on. Current practice of offering tasks for several years also means that a clear sense of standards can be established, with comparability year on year. This would be much harder to achieve if each year the task has to be completely different.

4. What should we do?

For the last consultation on the subject areas, the DFE and Ofqual only received about 50 responses on each area- film, media, GCSE and A level. Such a low turnout means that they can largely ignore teacher concerns, as they did on the abandonment of group work and the absurd inclusion of a list of ‘theorists’ for A level media, which has subsequently become even more bizarre. This time around we need several hundred responses, to give us a much greater chance of having an impact.

The argument that knowing the task too early will lead to too much time being devoted to the coursework needs to be challenged. There is no evidence that this has been a problem in the past, so why would it be in the future?

We would urge you to fill out the consultation, as individual teachers, as departments and to get the support of Heads, parents and ex-students to fill it out as well.

The key area for us is to challenge the idea of changing coursework every year and setting a new task every June. We would urge you to challenge this in response to questions 5, 7, 9 and 11.




Final Content for Subject criteria published

Following a long wait, the government has today published the final criteria for film studies and media studies at GCSE and A level, for specifications which will start in September 2017.

The subject content for GCSE can be accessed here and for AS and A level here

The government response to the consultations for all subjects can be downloaded here. This details the objections raised by those who contributed to the consultation and the government’s responses. Thank you to everyone who sent in responses, even if most of what you said has been ignored!

Finally, the document on the potential impact of changes on those groups with protected characteristics (i.e. equality impact) is here.

Overall, The MEA takes the view that these outcomes are no surprise, but they are disappointing nonetheless. There are some total absurdities in the documents which claim to have the support of stakeholders, which we would strongly dispute. Nonetheless, we know that we will have to live with these versions of the subjects in the coming years and that the exam boards will need to try to negotiate a way through them.

Expect some critiques both here and on the blogs of leading media educationalists in the coming weeks!



Upcoming events and recent conference

A reminder that there are places till available for the teachmeet at The English and Media Centre on Thursday 7 January starting 4.30 with guest speaker Julian Sefton Green on at 5.30

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mea-teachmeet-thursday-tickets-20094894370

Into Film are running a teachmeet on 18 January at London CLC in Clapham 4.30-6.30. It’s all about digital technology in the classroom:

Monday 18th January at 4.30pm until 6.30pm . at. London CLC. Rectory Grove, Clapham, SW4 0EL

Our recent Primary media education conference was a great success and you can now download three of the presentations here:

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London CLC Media Conf Nov 15

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