Report by Keith Perera
We held the first Sussex Media Teachers Conference on 7th July at the University of Sussex. Although the core aim was to support teachers subject knowledge – given the new specs at GCSE and A level – its wider remit was to forge a network of media teachers and lecturers. In the end we had over 30 media educators from prospective trainee teachers and NQTs to experienced school and FE teachers. We also had the support of lecturers from our two local universities: Sussex and Brighton. We were ably hosted by the School of Education at the University of Sussex and the Inspire Teaching School Alliance.
There were eight excellent workshops from Dr Tanya Kant and Dr Victoria Grace Walden (Sussex) and Dr Theo Koulouris and Dr Ryan Burns (Brighton) on contemporary media issues but linked to content of the new specifications. We ended the event with a TeachMeet set of peer led presentations sharing of practice. We heard about innovative partnerships between schools and media practitioners (Tom Misenti), the value of international educational trips (Jessica Hallissey) and colleagues from Uckfield took us through a mobile phone piece of practical work (Carla Taylor and Chris Beaumont). The full list of workshops is available here: tinyurl.com/y75764x2
All in all a pretty good first attempt. I am particularly grateful for the attendance of colleagues from beyond our region (Alexandra and Danilo from Brazil).
Comments from participants were positive:
‘Great to get an injection of media theory, a chance to think outside of the treadmill’ James King
‘A brilliant day; lots of inspiration for teaching the new specifications’ – Marg Rowe
‘A good mix of theory applied and some useful teaching ideas. Synapses buzzing now!’ Graeme Scarfe
I am looking forward to continuing the conversation through other events. If you would like to join our network and/or help support future events, please contact me.
Keith Perera – firstname.lastname@example.org
EXCELLENT NEW RESOURCE from Viki Walden: Fame Network
Viki is developing a website to help centres with the theory element of the new specifications, including resources written by some of the people on the theory list themselves- check it out