Association for Media Education in Scotland (AMES)

Covers of first four MEJs

AMES eNewsletter May 2018

The September newsletter includes report on the Conference, the Committee, exams sat in 2018 and useful links.

AMES Annual Report

The 2018 AMES Annual Report can be read here.

NEW: National 5 Media Posters

N5 Media Poster AMES has produced 2 colourful large (A1) classroom posters for the revised National 5 Media. One covers the 4 media content key aspects; the other covers the 3 contextual key aspects. Cost £20 (inc postage & packing). Cheques (payable to AMES) or official orders should be sent to: Robert Preece, AMES Treasurer, 10 Heatherley Crescent, Inverness, IV2 4AW.

You can purchase them for only £16 at the AMES conference on 2 June.

There is also a free A1 poster for Higher Media which unpacks the key aspects and shows their integration. It prints A4 from Microsoft Edge - or you can go to your local printer and have an A1 version printed.

NEW: AMES Conference 2018: #MovieMakars: Screen Education in Scotland

Here are downloadable resources from the 2 June Conference:

Cary Bazalgette's presentation on toddlers' understanding of movies. Note this is a very large file. Smaller version.
Roy Stafford's presentation on Wadjda
Rick Instrell's presentation on Gary Tank Commander
Rick Instrell's article on the original Blade Runner, written before the director's cut was released.

AMES eNewsletter May 2018

The May newsletter includes news on the Conference, AMES AGM, membership renewal, AMES data protection compliance, MEJ 63 and SQA media events. Download the February newsletter.

NEW: Media Education Journal 63

The June 2018 issue contains articles on the New Zealand perspective on media education; teaching the role of the media in National 5 and Higher Media; a social semiotic analysis of the animation Persepolis; Empire and moral regeneration in Skyfall; Film as a medium for learning; Renée Houston and film; the usual extensive reviews section.

Unfortunately, there are some errors on page 32 of MEJ 62 in 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.