|Faculty Leader||Mr N Gilani|
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The Media Department of Mayfield School is committed to helping students learn about the media in its various forms. Through our GCSE, A level and BTEC courses, we aim to help students reflect critically on the role of the media in modern life.
We also see creativity as a vital skill for all students, and we aim to facilitate this through the creative use of digital technologies. It is essential that students understand the effect media has on society, as well as uncovering their inner passion and creativity through the art-form.
The Media staff at Mayfield are all highly qualified teachers who have considerable experience in teaching Media Studies and working within the media themselves.
Media studies can lead to a wide range of careers including Marketing, Sales and Advertising, Broadcast Media and Performing Arts, Journalist and Publishing, and Leisure, Sport and Tourism.
In addition to more traditional means of teaching, in Media Studies we value active learning strategies such as group planning, discussion and cooperation around practical projects. For example, student video projects can be a powerful learning experience. Research and case study work further engenders independent and creative thought. These are valuable assets that students will take forward with them into higher education and the workplace.
Support after school is consistently given in order to maintain the very positive results that we have achieved in all our courses. Mixed ability teaching has enabled all students to work together and learn from each other.
In Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 home learning is frequent and students are expected to continue work independently. Students studying a particular film genre, are encouraged to watch other films within this genre in their own time in order to support their learning.
We advise that students should complete one to two hours of independent work each week.
Students are expected to take an interest in all aspects of the media, and to apply skills of analysis that they have learnt in class to their own media use. For example, if they have studied camera work in class, they can apply these ideas to any moving image text that they watch in their own time. As a department we allow students at Key Stage 5 to borrow any equipment that they require to continue work at home.
We also offer Key Stage 4 students an evening session twice a week where they have the opportunity to continue course work or complete home learning. Key Stage 5 students should negotiate times with their teacher when they can use the school’s production facilities after school.
Rooms and equipment are available most days after school after prior arrangement with Media teachers. After school time has been timetabled for students to improve work. Students may also arrange to study quietly after school at any time.
We arrange trips for students including study days and visits to media institutions.