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Another Media spec accredited

OCR have announced that Ofqual have accredited their AS level specification.

Details are here:

According to the Ofqual site, OCR will be re-submitting A level very soon and the 4th drafts from AQA of AS and A level are also imminent. Our sources at AQA have told us they are ‘confident’ about getting specs through.

AQA GCSE Draft 5 will be submitted this week (Friday 16th) and OCR GCSE Draft 5 next week (23rd).

More news as soon as we get it!



MEA Executive Members

Who is on the MEA executive committee? We thought that it would be good to give members a bit of background on our current Executive members. We would welcome enquiries from anyone who’d like to give their services to the MEA; all roles are unpaid, though travel costs are reimbursed for attendance at meetings.

Pete Fraser is the current Chair of the MEA. He taught media and film for over 25 years before going freelance. Pete was Chief Examiner for OCR A level Media till recently and is in his final session as Principal Moderator for AS level; he is also Chief Examiner for the Cambridge International A level in the subject. Pete is project lead for the BFI Film Academy residential for 16-19 year olds at the National Film and Television School each Easter and is also tutor for the Media with English PGCE at The English and Media Centre in association with Goldsmiths.

Jenny Grahame is founder member and Vice Chair of MEA. She has been actively involved in media education since 1978. She was a teacher and youth worker in inner London comprehensive schools for many years. Since 1989 she has worked at The English and Media Centre, where she has run CPD in Media Studies, MA modules for Birkbeck and the Institute of Education, written a wide range of classroom resources and teacher publications, and collaborated in many research projects. She has been Editor of MediaMagazine since 2002.

Melissa Lowndes is the MEA Secretary. She has taught various Media Studies courses for over 16 years at Chadwell Academy in East London. During her time at the school she has been Head of Media, Director of specialisms ( media arts, science, maths and computing) and currently she is in charge of academic achievement In the Sixth Form. Melissa is also the principal examiner for AQA GCSE Media Studies Unit 3. In her spare time she is heavily involved as a cultural connector in Barking and Dagenham creating arts experiences for residents in the borough.

Jon Wardle is currently Treasurer of the MEA. He is Deputy Director of the National Film and Television School and former director of CEMP at Bournemouth University. Jon is the co-editor of ‘Current Perspectives in Media Education’ published by Palgrave.

Ian Wall is currently Head of Education at The Film Space, having previously run Film Education for nearly 30 years. Over the years he has been an examiner/ moderator for AQA, OCR and WJEC. Ian was co author of the European Framework for Film Education and is now working on a pan European project – The Film Corner- which will launch later this year.

John Potter is Reader in Media in Education at the University College London Institute of Education, based in the UCL Knowledge Lab. His research and publications are in the fields of: media literacy, media education, new literacies, creative uses of technology and learner agency. He previously worked in teacher education at both Goldsmiths and University of East London, following advisory work and teaching in East London primary schools.

Julian McDougall is Professor in Media and Education and Head of the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice at Bournemouth University. Until 2016 he was a Principal Examiner with OCR for A Level Media. He is editor of the Journal of Media Practice and Education, runs an educational doctorate programme for media teachers, organizes the annual Media Education Summit and is author / editor of a range of books, chapters and articles in the fields of media education and media literacies.

Michelle Cannon is a Lecturer on the MA in Digital Media, Culture and Education at the UCL Knowledge Lab, Institute in Education, University of London and has worked in school film and media production for over 15 years. She has presented and run workshops at film and media education conferences both nationally and internationally and has collaborated on BFI film education programmes as well as related international research projects. In 2016 she completed her doctorate at The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University, with research exploring the theory, practice and relationships between film and digital media production, pedagogy, and literacy.

David Buckingham is Emeritus Professor of Media and Communications at Loughborough University. His research has focused on children, young people and media, and on media education. He has directed numerous research projects on these issues, and been a consultant for UNESCO, the United Nations, Ofcom, and the UK government. He is the author of more than 250 articles and 30 books, including Media Education: Literacy, Learning and Contemporary Culture; Beyond Technology: Children’s Learning in the Age of Digital Culture; The Material Child: Growing Up in Consumer Culture; and The Civic Web: Young People, the Internet and Civic Participation. Website/blog:

Kate Domaille teaches British and European Cinema to visiting Undergraduates in London. This path follows a number of years teaching English and Media Studies in schools and colleges, and then running the PGCE at the University
of Southampton from 2002-10. In addition to her teaching role she has been engaged in a number of research projects in Film and Media Education. Kate works to support the BFI Film Academy residential and has been involved in other projects for the BFI, notably writing the curriculum guidance for the Regional Film Academy programme.



Sussex Media Teachers Conference

The MEA is co-sponsoring a conference on Friday 7 July at Sussex University

This is very much a teacher-led pop-up event initiated by a shared response to the challenges of curriculum change with support from the Media Education Association, the universities of Sussex and Brighton, Brighton and Hove Council and the Inspire Teaching School Alliance.

It will be an all day event from 9:30 – 4:00 and will be aimed at media/film teachers at schools, colleges but will forge links with media researchers/lecturers at universities.

In this more DIY spirit the conference looks to share the practice that exists within our schools, colleges and universities.

The morning section will be workshop based with academics (Sussex and Brighton universities) with specialist knowledge hoping to fill some of our subject knowledge gaps in preparation for the new specs.

The afternoon section of the day is very much teacher led. There is huge expertise within our region but often very little chance for us to share our practice. I would like to propose a TeachMeet format so please can you let me know of a 3 minute or 7 minute talk you would like to do on an aspect of your media/film teaching practice. It can be a teaching idea, a way of using technology, a form of assessment, a showcase of some practical work (but some understanding how you got there), a presentation you give to parents to sell the subject, how you fight for a place in the curriculum, an exciting app, collaborative planning, training as a media teacher – almost anything goes – you know your audience but keep it positive!

We are doing the event as cost effectively as possible but it will cost about £50 per head for registration, lunch and refreshments. Do get your school to ‘save the day’ for you.

Our hope is that you will leave inspired but also connected to some other media teachers who you can co-plan with and support next year.

For programme details and to register go to:

Please note that the event is open to teachers from outside Sussex too!




We often get contacted about media teaching posts which are available and, where possible, try to advertise them through the site. Four that have come up this week…

Oasis Academy, Enfield has a vacancy for a learning co-ordinator for Media and Film. Deadline was today (May 18) but they are happy to extend it for anyone contacting them in the next couple of days. Lovely school, lovely students, lovely colleagues! e-mail Zoe Thompson (Deputy Principal): for details.

Simon Gardiner at Ark Academy in Wembley told us about this one:

Again contact Simon directly for more info :

And Keith Perera, who runs the Sussex PGCE, told us about this one in Sussex:

We have a Media and English teaching position available at Valley Park School, Maidstone.

Applications due by the morning of Monday 22nd May.

Good luck!