News Archive September 2016

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.