Association for Media Education in Scotland (AMES)

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NEW: Changes to SQA National 5 Media Assessment

Following John Swinney's announcement regarding removal of units and unit assessments, SQA have announced the following changes to coursework for N5 Media in 2017/18:

Assignment: Extended from 50 marks to 60 marks to include an evaluative element in the 'Development' section. It will contribute to 50% of the course assessment.
Examination: The question paper will be extended by 10 marks to 60 marks by adding a new 'Analysis of a Media Text' section. The duration of the exam will therefore also increase. The exam will contribute to 50% of the course assessment.

Further details of the changes to course assessment will be provided in the revised Course Specification documents which will be available to teachers by the end of April 2017. Details on changes to all subjects can be found here.

NEW: AMES conference 2017 - Media, Politics and Young People

The AMES 2017 conference will be held on Sat 3 June at St Leonard's Hall, Pollock Halls, Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh. The theme of the conference is Media, Politics and Young People. The keynote speaker is John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland and the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. It is also hoped that Paul Laverty, best-known for his scriptwriting work for Ken Loach (e.g. Land and Freedom, The Angel’s Share, I Daniel Blake), will do a session on his work and I, Daniel Blake. Understandably, Paul cannot commit due to filmmaking commitments but whatever happens there will be a session on I, Daniel Blake. Other sessions will include workshops on fake news and Teaching Persepolis (the graphic novel and the animated feature film).

NEW: January 2017 Newsletter

The Jan 2017 AMES e-newsletter includes news of the AMES conference, MEJ 60, Education Scotland, Into Film online animation CPD and St Andrews film studies department public events.

NEW: Media Education Journal 60

MEJ 60 was published in December 2016. Articles include:

  • Barthesian analysis of Carry on Up the Khyber: Colin McArthur
  • BBC Charter renewal: David Hutchison
  • Monarchy, Media and Power in the Age of Brexit: Neil Blain
  • Gender and Agency in Breaking Bad: Hazel Work
  • Teaching Journalists about the Refugee Crisis: Emma Briant
  • Big Bang Theory: Tina Stockman
  • Role of Emotion in Early Movie-Watching: Cary Bazalgette
  • 1984 and films influenced by Orwell’s novel: Keith Withall
  • Feminism and Media Studies: Karen Boyle
  • How Hi-tech Media changed our Lives, Work and Education: Douglas Allen

As well as the usual extensive reviews section, including review articles Understanding Realism by Colin McArthur, New Creative Industries by Julie Laing and Propaganda by Alex Law.

NEW: Digital Learning and Teaching

The National Digital Learning Week 2017 (NDLW 17) will take place from 15–19 May 2017. This year the theme of the week will be ‘Digital Difference’ and throughout the week you are asked to share and celebrate the digital approaches which make a positive impact on classroom practice. The week will feature inspiring case studies from Early Learning and Childcare through to Senior Phase and beyond showcasing how digital makes a difference throughout the entire learner journey. There will be online events and activities giving everyone the opportunity to get involved whether you’re a digital leader or simply just starting out and looking for some digital inspiration. On the run up to the week more details will be published about how you can get involved. Time start to think about what you might do as a class or whole school to celebrate National Digital Learning Week 2017. Visit for the latest news.

In relation to the Digital Leaning and Teaching initiative, the Scottish Government has published Enhancing Learning and Teaching Through the Use of Digital Technology.

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 2016 annual report and accounts can be downloaded here