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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



AGM of the MEA 2018 – Agenda

Date: Saturday 12th May 2018 11.30

Coffee will be available from 11.00am.
The meeting will end with light lunch at 1.30pm.


  1. Apologies
  2. Trustee Report and Finances — John Potter
  3. Minutes from 2017 AGM — John Potter
  4. Resignations and positions on the executive — John Potter
  5. Where we’ve been — Jenny Grahame
  6. Where do we want to go? (Discussion and Feedback) — John Potter
  7. Proposed structure for governance — Symon Quy
  8. Arrangements for next Executive Meeting on 17th July — Melissa Lowndes
  9. A.O.B.
  10. Lunch



AGM 2018 – Announcement

The Annual General Meeting of the MEA will be held on Saturday 12th May 2018 from 11.00am – 1.30pm. Lunch will be provided at 1.30pm.

The MEA is currently at a point of transition. The need for media education has never been more urgent, and it is vital that an organisation should represent the voice of teachers. However, several members of the executive committee are now stepping down after several years of service, and we need new members – especially practising teachers. This year’s AGM will not be a tiresome bureaucratic necessity, but a vital opportunity to get involved with the MEA and help shape its future and its remit. We are urging all members to attend.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of joining the executive committee, please contact our Secretary, And if you have any queries, or are planning to attend the meeting, please let us know so that we can have a good idea of likely numbers, by contacting



GCSE Media options compared

With the news that the AQA GCSE Media Studies has been accredited, we bring you the first comparison of the three specifications. Better late than never! This ONLY gives you a list of the set texts and a few notes on them.

Download the table below:

GCSE set texts

Whilst we would not suggest that you based your choice solely on the set texts, it is clear that will be a factor for teachers. You should also look at the specimen assessment materials (draft exam papers) and at the coursework options to get an idea of what the course might feel like for your students.

Full information from the three boards is available from these links:


Key points from the table:

1. There is very little optionality within courses: all the AQA products are compulsory; Eduqas offer a choice in the TV set text pairs and for their music videos and online options; OCR only offers choice in the music video pairings.
2. Some of the media forms have been covered by ‘doubling up’ on objects of study- so eduqas have the online presences of their contemporary music video artists and OCR have the Observer website as well as the print edition. OCR have ‘killed three birds with one stone’ by using The Lego Movie for film, marketing and videogames.
3. You need to look carefully at each specification to see which are the ‘in depth’ studies (which will definitely come up in the exam and involve looking at all four key concepts- language, representation, audience, institution) and which are the topics which may not come up (it looks like for each board three of the six come up each year, though you have to prepare all six, but not for all four concepts). You also need to look at how they appear in the exam- set texts + unseen, short answers, full essays, etc.
4. There is a significant emphasis on history in all three (adverts in AQA and Eduqas, TV in all three, newspapers in OCR, music video to some extent in all three, radio in AQA)
5. All three feature some texts which are likely to be way outside of GCSE students’ experience- The Tatler for AQA, The Archers for Eduqas, Mojo for OCR.

The MEA has been very clear throughout this process that we feel that what the exam boards have been forced to do is a travesty of media studies- set texts has never been part of the subject and having to be assessed on nine media forms is crazy. However, we recognise that teachers are going to have to try to teach these new courses. We will do our best to help with resources and ideas. We urge teachers to keep as much as possible from their previous practice and to avoid turning this subject into rote learning preparing for tests. It is still possible to do GCSE media on the basis of developing skills, interest, knowledge and understanding and to use a wide range of media texts as part of that, EVEN IF the final exams are based upon a narrow set of choices. We don’t recommend one particular board over another- we are just glad that there is SOME choice.