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.

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MEA Conference Nov 26

Our annual conference at the BFI South Bank is on Saturday 26 November. Tickets are available via Eventbrite price £29.99 for teachers and £9.99 for PGCE and other trainees.


The focus is on media education at Key stages 2 and 3 and the day looks like this:

9.45 Welcome

10.10-11.10 Workshops

11.20-12.20 Workshops repeated

12.30-1.15 Panel discussion

1.15- 2.15 Lunch and networking

Confirmed workshops:

Katie Jones: Experience the practice and theory of film-based learning

This workshop looks at how to incorporate film into literacy lessons in school. No matter their level of traditional literacy, children have been exposed to film and digital media from a young age and have an implicit understanding of the conventions and language of film in particular. This is a rich resource to encourage children to think critically about texts of all types. During this workshop we will practice film-making ideas to take back to lessons, including: readings of subtext, metaphor and shot composition, understanding mood, setting and context, and the development of character and narrative through an exploration of the moving image.

Katie Jones is a primary based Art teacher based in London with a wealth of experience in teaching film. She is a Film Studies graduate and has been a class teacher for almost a decade. For several years she has been involved in BFI school film-making projects, and currently liaises with cultural institutions to form partnerships between schools and local arts organisations.

Dominic Traynor: How to inspire the YouTube generation to improve their literacy skills

Find lessons for your pupils, not pupils for your lessons! Technology now gives teachers the ability to produce professional looking video footage with the most basic of devices. This workshop will demonstrate how harnessing the YouTube generation’s thirst for video is the easiest way to motivate and inspire them to work harder than ever at traditional literacy skills.

Dominic Traynor is a former primary teacher and founder of A Tale Unfolds which started (from the website)…”when we realised that there was nothing to help teachers bring traditional literacy teaching into the digital age”…

Grace Eardley: Unlocking literacy skills using moving image. 

Taking you through new engaging approaches for teaching literacy skills using a range of moving image resources, featuring archive footage and shorts to tackle poetry, punctuation and sentence skills.

Grace Eardley is Head of Media at Congleton High School and also teaches English up to GCSE.



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

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.



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 to offer your services!


MEA Conference: KS2/3 media education 26 November 2016 BFI South Bank- tickets available here:

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

Sept 13 Jenny Grahame

Sept 20 former PGCE students

Sept 27 Book launch: Doing Text

Oct 4 Cary Bazalgette

Oct 11 David Buckingham