News Archive June 2018

AGM of the MEA 2018 – Minutes

Held Saturday 12th May 2018 11.30

Apologies: Kate Domaille, Stephen Connolly, Ian Wall.
John Potter, Jenny Grahame, David Buckingham, Symon Quy, Michelle Cannon, Melissa Lowndes, Graham Panton, Theo Bryer, Oliver Rosen, Phil Dyas, Sarah Webster, Michelle Thomason, Nidhi Shukal, Phillip Donnelly, Emily, Sarah.

  1. Trustee Report and Finances: John Potter talked through the pre-circulated report and highlighted the current finances. Signing of the report was proposed by Jenny Grahame and seconded by Melissa Lowndes
  2. Minutes from 2017 AGM: John Potter (JP) discussed the 2017 AGM very briefly but explained the minutes could not be located.
  3. Resignations and positions on the executive: A number of people have resigned from the Executive, leaving opportunities for the recruitment of new executive members.
  4. Where we’ve been… Jenny Grahame (JG) gave a really interesting summary of the history of the MEA and of key points in UK media education’s development. A number of the members at the meeting felt JG needed to formally archive this information. It gave great context to the current and historical debates around a subject association for Media teachers.
  5. Where do we want to go? (discussion and feedback): John Potter summarised Julian McDougall’s CEMP research into Media teachers’ requirements of a subject association. He summarised this into a number of key areas which attendees used to discuss the potential future role(s) of the MEA. A summary of the issues raised is captured below.
    • Links with Industry
      • Speakers/ Aspirational role models
      • Industry practice
      • Using in kind – locations, skills etc
    • Primary Links/ Provision
      • Media Provision in Primary School
      • Primary CPD/ Schemes of Work
    • Global Links
      • Pooling global minds/ perspectives
      • Understanding different practice
      • Links to other relevant subject associations
    • Student Focus
      • Media and Additional Need Students
      • Student P.O.V
      • Overall School/ Industry/ University perspective of Media students
      • Facilitate – Undergraduate media students to have a role in schools
    • Nature of the Association
      • All through organisation inclusive – Rationale for all
      • Continue to have free membership
      • If Subscription – what could we offer? Reduced fees on conferences, additional material/ support
      • Tension between – What we could be doing and what we can do
    • CPD
      • Build relationships with media providers like edusites
      • Consider practicalities of teacher experience and lack of training
      • Theory
      • Practical
      • Brokerage with exam boards who cannot provide certain types of training or cannot get schools to pay for it
      • Lack of ability to have time off school
      • Professionalise CPD and media teaching
    • Face to Face
      • Teacher meets
      • Student meets
      • Conferences
      • Regions / Physical local need for teachers to be together and share good practice
    • Advocacy
      • Advocacy – LA/ Heads solutions of problems health and wellbeing plan across different key stages
      • Technology – NLC- Streaming/ screening shorts
      • Local champion programmes – showcasing good practice across the sector
      • Good News Stories – Ex Pupils with Media qualifications – where are they now
    • Resource/ Support
      • An online repository
      • Forums
      • Stronger communication
      • Facilitated sharing
  6. Proposed structure for governance: Symon Quy offered a guideline for potential roles within the MEA executive and requested anyone interested in a named role or who felt they would like to develop a new role should email their interest prior to the executive meeting on Tuesday 17th July 5 – 7pm. He also invited anyone who was still unsure about taking on a role but who was interested in being involved in the MEA come to the executive meeting which is an open meeting for all members.
  7. Arrangements for next Executive Meeting on Tuesday 17th July 5 – 7pm. An email will be sent to all members with the minutes of the AGM and details of the next meeting. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact