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!)