Association for Media Education in Scotland (AMES)

The Bash Street Kids, The Broons, The Simpsons, South Park
The Bash Street Kids, The Broons, The Simpsons, South Park


AMES Conference 2016: How good is our Creativity?

The 2016 AMES conference will be held on Saturday 4 June at Forth Valley College, Stirling. The conference theme is How good is our Creativity? and is inspired by Education Scotland's latest version of How good is our School? and Creative Scotland's Unlocking Potential Embracing Ambition. The keynote speaker is Clive Gillman, formerly director of Dundee Contemporary Arts, now director of Creative industries at Creative Scotland. Clive will try to challenge our conceptions of creativity in education. There is the usual rich mix of creative and analysis workshops for primary/pre-school, secondary and further education teachers: stop motion animation, sound recording and editing, scripting and storyboarding, the work of the BBFC, Jessica Jones, Mad Max: Fury Road, Matilda, new resources for developing media literacy at primary level. There are also 3 workshops on media coverage of the refugee crisis.

Further details are on the Conference page and full details, fees and registration forms are in the conference flyer.

NEW: AMES e-Newsletter APRIL 2016

Download the April 2016 AMES e-newsletter. As well as AMES news it contains news of CPD on teaching SQA National 4/5 Media and Higher Media as well as the inquiry A Future for Public Service Television. You can also view Scottish media education news in the March 2016 AMES e-newsletter.


National Digital Learning Week takes place from 16-20 May. It aims to explore the benefits that digital learning and teaching can bring to every level of the learner journey. You are invited to share stories of how you’ve been using digital to support, enhance and improveclassroom practice. You can inspire others and be inspired. Throughout the week you are invited to get involved in Talking Points. Each will focus on a particular level of the learner journey, from early learning and childcare through to the senior phase and beyond so everyone has the opportunity to contribute. Education Scotland will be sharing what schools and local authorities are doing through their Twitter account, and you are asked to follow @glowscot and use #digilearnscot in all posts. Further details at

Media Education Journal 58

MEJ 58 was published in December 2015. contains articles on the Framework for Film Education for Europe: Screening Literacy by its main author, Mark Reid of the BFI. There are also articles on teaching SQA Media, teaching media in lower secondary 1-3, Islamophobia, The Hunger Games and The Deer Hunter. There is also a substantial reviews section covering: film and television; primary media literacy resources; Asian and Hollywood cinema. Colin McArthur probably breaks an MEJ record by having three contributions: an article on structuralism and Lonely are the Brave; plus two reviews. In these Colin draws on his deep knowledge of, and participation in, the early years of film studies and film schools. Douglas Allen also reviews Jonathan Murray’s The New Scottish Cinema and the Directory of World Cinema: Scotland. Whew!

Framework for Film Education

This key document, aimed at film educationists and policymakers throughout Europe, was launched on 19 July 2015. To Scottish eyes it is very 'CfE-friendly' and should be a key resource for teachers arguing for coherent moving image education policies within their own schools.

On behalf of the BFI, AMES is distributing print copies of the document to members and contacts. If anyone has not received a copy, email Des Murphy.

Media Education Journal 57

MEJ 57 was published in June 2015. It includes Rick Instrell's article 'Barriers and Thresholds in Learning Media Studies part 3'. Resources on related to this can be downloaded below.