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The Strangulation of Media Studies

A long read on a lengthy process by David Buckingham and MEA Executive members, writing in a personal capacity for David’s blog:

Blogpost here: http://bit.ly/2uoAgEU

Full 12,000 word account here: http://bit.ly/2uylgEX

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Update on new specs

UPDATE: OCR GCSE Media was accredited on July 13th.

We had been hoping to have more news on accreditations by now, but the wheels continue to turn slowly. AQA and OCR have still apparently not submitted their fourth drafts of A level, while it looks as if AQA’s fourth draft of AS must have been rejected, as the Ofqual site now says ‘awaiting fifth submission’. OCR put in their sixth version of GCSE last Friday and AQA’s sixth is apparently almost ready. The word from both boards on GCSE is that they are confident this will be the version to get through, and that it will be before the holiday. A level is increasingly likely to be delayed into August- if it gets through at all.

OCR announced last week that it is withdrawing GCSE Film Studies due to too few centres signing up. We are told that if there were to be a dramatic rush of schools saying they want to do the specification after all, then OCR would re-consider, so if you do want to protest about this or to tell them that you intended to do it but hadn’t signed up, e-mail complaints@ocr.org.uk sharpish! Paul Reeve, the boss of Into Film, has already contacted us to express his concern at losing that GCSE option, so it has not gone unnoticed.

If there is any news before the end of term, we’ll send it out.

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Sussex Media Teachers Conference

Report by Keith Perera

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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 – k.perera@sussex.ac.uk

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

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Another Media spec accredited

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

Details are here: http://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-media-studies-h009-h409-from-2017/

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!

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