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Becoming a Media teacher

Discussion in 'Media studies' started by gdj, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. gdj

    gdj

    Hi folks

    Just wondering about the standard development of becoming a Media teacher.

    Am I right in thinking you get a degree, preferably media related say TV Production or maybe even the general Media degree itself, then progress onto the PCGE and hey you're a NQT! Well, hopefully...

    Just wondering what life is like once you're actually there. A Media teacher. Is becoming Head of Department a dream or can it happen quite quickly so you can make REAL changes to the way Media is presented to the kids...

    Many thanks
     
  2. gdj

    gdj

    Hi folks

    Just wondering about the standard development of becoming a Media teacher.

    Am I right in thinking you get a degree, preferably media related say TV Production or maybe even the general Media degree itself, then progress onto the PCGE and hey you're a NQT! Well, hopefully...

    Just wondering what life is like once you're actually there. A Media teacher. Is becoming Head of Department a dream or can it happen quite quickly so you can make REAL changes to the way Media is presented to the kids...

    Many thanks
     
  3. Kind of. It really depends on your situation. I'm doing the GTP as a specialist media teacher which required me to have a media degree. To do the PGCE an English degree is perfectly acceptable if you have some experience of media. Media PGCE courses are very limited. There were only 2 media PGCE's when I was looking last year. Others were English and Media.

    You will be very lucky to get a job teaching solely media, even as a specialist and will most likely be required to teach a second subject usually English.

    I would always advise against doing a degree titled media studies and recommend a more specialised degree. You will be taught the basic skills on any media degree but most media studies degrees generally don't specialise which at degree level is not really a good thing.

    As for progression I'll let someone else answer as I am still training so my main concern for the next few months is getting qualified, but I hope this helps.
     
  4. Hi,

    I did a Media Arts Degree and have done some production work then did a general PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education which means I don't teach in schools which also means generally I will only ever teach Media Studies/ Film Studies. I am doing some literacy pre-entry (1hr per week) this year but that's more through choice than being forced too! Last year I taught soley Media and next year will probably be the same too.
     
  5. MrPuss

    MrPuss New commenter

    Become qualified as an English teacher and then get lumbered because no-one else wants to do the Media job, I belive is the standard route into Media Studies teaching :)
     
  6. Ignore the negative remarks. I've been a qualified Media teacher for 5 years now and I am Head of Dept at a specialist Media school and have a team of 5 full time Media teachers. Where abouts do you live? We are in desperate need of a Media teacher at the moment?!?
     
  7. Pinkylulu,

    where are you based? I've not come across a school with that many media specialist teachers in the department. What media do you teach (BTEC/GSCE/A-level)?
     
  8. gdj

    gdj

    pinkylulu,

    I'm still at Uni and nowhere becoming a teacher yet! Sorry!

    What is your school though? Would be nice to take a look if you have a website? Seems rare to have a specialised media school - somewhere i'd love to work in the future! :)
     
  9. We are based at THE VOYAGER SCHOOL in Peterborough. It is a brand new Media Arts Status school. It only opened in September and its brilliant. We have so much money poured into Media and arent up against a brick wall. There are so many Media teachers as all students have to study Media, even at KS3. We teach GCSE, A Level, BTEC and Film Studies. Hope this answers your questions.
     
  10. MrPuss

    MrPuss New commenter

    Lucky you! I hope you realise that your school may not necessarily be the norm.
     
  11. Hi Pinkylulu

    Could you drop me a line by email? I co-ordinate a Media Studies website and would love to work with your school.

    Kind regards, Richard Gent

    [e] richardgent@mac.com
    [w] www.mediaedu.co.uk
     
  12. I know my school is not the norm! I realise that Im fortunate - however, the reason that I changed schools is because of the Media Arts status. Richard - will email you now.
     
  13. Pinkylulu,

    I am A HOD of Media based very near to Peterborough. I would love to make contact with you at the Voyager school with a view to sharing ideas and possibly working collaboratively.

    Please feel free to contact me at j.evans@wollaston-school.net
     
  14. I became a head of department having taught media studies for two years, having previously been a head of sociology at an F.E. college. Qualified through GTP with a degree in sociology and social policy, qualified as an English and Media teacher. Now teach A level Media at a grammar school. Have expanded the subject from 1 class at A2 and 2 at AS to 4 AS and 4 A2 - so my timetable consists only of A level Media. Manage 3 other teachers who teach between 12, 6 and and 3 periods per week respectively. The other Media teachers are English specialists. Could expand further by offering GCSE, but dont have the teachers to do so and might lead to resentment from other heads of department as e 'poach' their students.
    Finally, dont tell anyone else but, this is the best job in the school.
     
  15. Hi Spud

    Could you help me develop Mediaedu's A Level offering? You're clearly doing some great work with your lot.

    Kind regards, Richard Gent

    [e] richardgent@mac.com
    [w] www.mediaedu.co.uk
     
  16. Hello KarrieL,

    Just scanning the TES website again and noticed your very interesting post here from a few years ago, and was wondering a few things:
    1) are you teaching solely media somewhere now?
    2) how did you get onto the GTP as a specialist media teacher?
    I'm asking as I've got over 15 years experience in the television/media industry but have been trying to change career to become a Media Studies Teacher, and am finding it nearly impossible for any school to support me on a GTP to become a Media Studies teacher - as many have pointed out, it seems that I would have to go into a subject such as English, then crossover. But my degree is in "Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures", and the qualifications for getting onto any GTP it seems is to go through the subject your degree was in, and although I consider my competency in English to be reasonably high my degree wasn't in English.
    Any suggestions out there from either yourself or anyone?!?
    Thanking you in advance!
     
  17. You could do an FE PGCE which would allow you to become a qulaified Media teacher. Get some work in FE for the exeperience and then apply to a school (if that's what you want) and "convert" your PGCE. It is possible - have known people who did this. Any help?
     
  18. Thank you bazzie - but unfortunately due to personal financial restraints I really need to keep earning money - hence my preference for a GTP as opposed to a PGCE. One route I've been considering is working as a TA for a year or so, then seeing where my GTP options lie after that. What do you think?
     
  19. Hi, you seem to know what your talking about! Im about to go into my last year of university, studying film and media production. Im really interested in becoming a Media Teacher when I finish but its all a bit confusing! There don't seem to be many PGCE's in Media studies available, do you know whether a PGCE is the only route?
    The school sounds great, I actually live in peterborough. Its great to know there are jobs out there!
    Thanks for your help
    p.s. did you previously teach at Sawtry College??
     
  20. Hi GDJ,
    In my experience, most media teachers have an English degree & English PGCE, then take on media classes here and there to begin with, upping the number as they get more proficient. I've only ever worked with one teacher who solely taught media, and she came from a long background in journalism then taught only media at a 6th form colleague, wrote several media books, then became course leader at the comp I was at.
    I left uni with an English degree and then worked in PR and as a freelance journalist (online and print publications). I then did an English PGCE (secondary) and have always taught English with aspects of media, such as GCSE and A-level. I've never solely taught media as there hasn't been enough demand for a specialist teacher.
    I don't think that any media industry experience is necessary - mainly because media evolves so quickly that any 'work' experience dates very quickly indeed, and you have no more teaching advantage then than someone without it.
    I also don't think a media degree is necessary. None of my fellow media teachers have media degrees, and I'm the only one who has previously worked in media. English is definitely more versatile.
    I've also found that there are more opportunities to become a head of media than English simply because fewer people have the experience.
     

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