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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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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:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/mediasussex

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

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Jobs

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): zoe.thompson@oasishadley.org for details.

Simon Gardiner at Ark Academy in Wembley told us about this one: https://www.arkcareers.org/e/phases_and_departments/positions/bR6c7zXkbnvlkF6uJIz-8J

Again contact Simon directly for more info : s.gardiner@arkacademy.org

And Keith Perera, who runs the Sussex PGCE, told us about this one in Sussex: https://stpaulscatholiccollege.co.uk/About/VacanciesDisplay?ID=126

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

Applications due by the morning of Monday 22nd May.

http://www.valleypark.viat.org.uk/75/vacancies/vacancy/101/teacher-of-media-and-english

Good luck!

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Good news on ‘A’ level for UK Independent schools

As from this Autumn, UK Independent schools will be able to enter candidates for the Cambridge International GCE A level Media Studies, which retains 50% coursework (including assessed group work) and is not subject to the nonsense imposed by the DFE and Ofqual. It is very sad that state schools can’t do the same, as we would imagine large numbers choosing to do so.

Full details here.

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