Association for Media Education in Scotland (AMES)

Covers of first four MEJs


The May 2018 e-newsletter has just been published. It contains the latest information on our 2 June Conference, AGM, Membership Renewal, Data Protection Compliance, MEJ 63 and SQA Media events in November.


Nurdan TaskiranAMES will be delighted to welcome Dr Nurdan Taskiran, Professor in the Communication Faculty of Istanbul Medipol University, to the AMES conference on Sat 2 June in Edinburgh. She will give a short presentation on the Scottish-Turkish Media Education Translation Project as well conducting further discussions with AMES.

AMES Conference 2018: #MovieMakars: Screen Education in Scotland

Conference Poster

The 2018 AMES conference will take place on Sat 2 Jun at the University of Edinburgh’s historic St Leonard’s Hall. 2018 is likely to be a significant year in Scottish screen education. The Screen Unit is being set up within Creative Scotland and will have a significant education remit. New and revised SQA qualifications are available: Level 6 National Progression Award (NPA) in Film and Media; Creative and Digital Media Foundation Apprenticeship (FA); revisions of National 5 and Higher Media. There is also the prospect of a Professional Development Award (PDA) for film and media educators. Consequently, screen education is the theme of the 2018 AMES conference.

Leading media educationist Cary Bazalgette will deliver the keynote address. Cary worked at the British Film Institute from 1979 to 2007, including 8 years as Head of Education. During this time she helped develop the Key Aspects approach to media education. Her passions are to develop good practice in media education and to advocate its importance as an entitlement for all. Cary's keynote is based on her recent doctoral research and is titled 'Screen Education - the Prequel: How Toddlers Learn to Understand Movies'.

In addition to this we have a rich mixture of informative, theoretical, analytical seminars and practical workshops for all sectors of education. The programme is so diverse that we know some centres will want to send more than one delegate.

AMES members (individual or institutional) can take advantage of this year's reduced member's fee of £10. If you join AMES as an individual and attend the conference then the fee will be £55. If you join as a new institutional membership the fee will be £70 for 1 delegate and £10 for each additional delegate. Join us on 2 June and help make Scotland a nation of moviemakars!

Click here for more details or download the conference flyer for full details and registration form.

AMES gratefully acknowledges the support of Scottish Film Education and Into Film.

AMES eNewsletter Feb 2018

The latest newsletter includes news on AMES meetings with SQA, new and revised film and media qualifications from SQA, the Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media and Creative Scotland's film education action plan.

Media Education Journal 62

MEJ 62 was published in December 2017. It features articles on Ken Loach films, the documentaries of Adam Curtis (Bitter Lake et al), Mad Max Fury Road, semiotics, Gaelic Scotland and post-colonialism, the graphic novel Persepolis and Peter Pan. It will also have 11 book reviews. If you have not received your copy email Des Murphy. Unfortunately, there are some errors on page 32 of the Persepolis article. Download a corrected page 32.

AMES Submission to the Culture Committee

The Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee is conducting an inquiry into the Screen Sector Leadership Group’s report recommendations on strengthening and developing the Scottish screen sector can be implemented. SSLG was established on the recommendation of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee in a report it published on the economic impact of the film, TV and video games industries. SSLG brought together senior representatives of the Scottish Screen industry to recommend actions to strengthen and develop the sector. AMES has responded to the call for evidence, concentrating on the education and training issues. Read AMES’s response here.

AMES Report on Survey of 2017 National 5 and Higher Media results

Following the publication of results of the 2017 diet on 8 August, it quickly became apparent that there was a perception by teachers of something being amiss in the Higher Media results. On 12 August, AMES decided to conduct an online survey. The survey closed on 15 September and the final report was published on 6 October. It contains an analysis of the survey, an analysis of SQA's statistics as well as recommendations for action by SQA and the Scottish Government.


AMES has prepared a report on the state of Scottish media and film education which was published on 9 August 2017. It compares the provision of media/film education with that in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It notes the scarcity of teacher professional development and the lack of national qualifications in film and proposes achievable steps towards addressing these issues. Read the full report.


If you taught SQA Media and/or English qualifications in 2016-2017, you can compare your results with national statistics. The only significant differences from the 2016 attainment is an increase in success at National 3 (77.7% up to 88.1%) and a worrying decrease in the pass rate for Higher Media (67.5% down to 59.8%). Full statistics are on the SQA site.

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.


The 2017 annual report and accounts can be downloaded here.

The 2016 annual report and accounts can be downloaded here