DRAFT SPECS and Upcoming events!

DRAFT A level and GCSE specifications and specimen assessment materials for both Film Studies and Media Studies are now online; these drafts went to Ofqual earlier this week and the exam boards expect to hear back with any changes requested in September (for Film) and October (for Media). The MEA has asked Steve Connolly, from Bedfordshire University, to produce an independent comparison of all the draft specs and we will publish his findings in September, ahead of any ofqual feedback!

Meanwhile, we suggest you download the PDFs and mull them over on the beach! Enjoy…

AQA material is here:



Eduqas (WJEC) material is here:


OCR material is here:






MEA Conference- Call for workshop leaders!

If you have done some interesting media education work with classes in KS2 or 3, we’d love to hear from you! We are hoping to get practitioners to run sessions at the conference on 26 Nov where they talk us through interesting work that they have done to help inspire other teachers to give it a try! e-mail info@themea.org.uk to offer your services!


MEA Conference: KS2/3 media education 26 November 2016 BFI South Bank- tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mea-conference-2016-tickets-26845809539

Tuesday teachmeets September-October at the EMC- FREE! Tickets available here:

Sept 13 Jenny Grahame  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teachmeet-tuesdays-tickets-26256615243

Sept 20 former PGCE students  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teachmeet-tuesday-2-tickets-26256640318

Sept 27 Book launch: Doing Text https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teachmeet-tuesday-3-tickets-26256790768

Oct 4 Cary Bazalgette  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teachmeet-tuesday-4-tickets-26256833897

Oct 11 David Buckingham https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teachmeet-tuesday-5-tickets-26256841921



Some success!

Following our campaign to get everyone to respond to the recent Ofqual consultation on coursework, we are pleased to report that nearly 200 of you did so and it seems to have had some influence!

Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/gcse-as-and-a-level-reform-regulations-for-film-studies-and-media-studies  but the headline is that Ofqual say

“As a result of the significant feedback on our proposals, we have decided not to impose release dates for non-exam assessment tasks in GCSE, AS or A level film studies or media studies.

Instead, we are giving exam boards flexibility to take a different approach, provided they can demonstrate that their assessments will function well and meet all the relevant requirements set out in our General Conditions of Recognition. We are introducing guidance for GCSE, AS and A level film studies and media studies which highlights this expectation.

We have also made some minor drafting changes to our guidance on assessment objectives to ensure consistency with other subjects, and (for A level media studies) to avoid any confusion about how students should be expected to engage with academic theories.”

Essentially this means that they have taken some notice! If you read the report, you may well see (as we did) some of your words quoted.

The next step involves the exam boards finalising the specifications they have been writing and submitting them to Ofqual in mid-July. These draft specs will be published on exam board websites, but experience tells us that ofqual generally reject the first drafts (only 2 out of 300 specs have gone through on their first draft!) so don’t take what appears on those websites as the final versions. MEA will try to keep you updated on the process.


Don’t forget, there will be another MEA tuesday teachmeet on 14 June at the EMC: all welcome- book here for FREE


Our friends at NATE have asked us to publicise their conference which takes place at the newly refurbished Holiday Inn in Stratford-Upon-Avon on the 24th and 25th June 2016.

 The Conference will cover a variety of topics surrounding this year’s theme “All the World’s a Classroom”, and promises to be an unmissable event for those involved in the teaching of English, and we are expecting the 2016 Conference to have in excess of 400 attendees. We have a variety of speakers such as Chris Riddell; John Hegley; Tessa Hadley; Rob Auton; Emma Smith, and workshops covering all aspects of teaching English – whether in primary, secondary or beyond. (There will be lots of Shakespeare related content too!)




Teachmeet Tuesday 6

14th June at English and Media centre 4.30-6.30 with Steve Connolly…all welcome!





Sky Academy opportunity for media students

Fantastic learning opportunity for Media students

Sky Academy Careers Lab is a free, full-day careers experience giving students the chance to take part in practical workplace challenges and learn about careers in media, business and technology.

Traditionally offered to 16–19-year-olds, Sky are excited to announce that Careers Lab will also be opening their doors for 14–15 year olds for the first time ever during May and June!

It’s easy to get involved – Register online today, phone 0333 1002220 or email careers.lab@bskyb.com to secure your spot before they’re gone (minimum 20 students per school booking).

Based at Sky’s headquarters in Osterley, Careers Lab is free to schools and colleges and helps develop practical skills such as teamwork, communications, problem solving, self-management and confidence. Each session hosts a variety of fun activities including hands-on work based challenges to give experience in a range of job roles, and a behind the scenes tour of the Sky campus.

This interactive learning experience is a fantastic opportunity for your students to build employability skills and discover the many opportunities available to them. Visit teachers.sky.com/careers-lab and see for yourself!