Media Department Marking And Feedback Policy

Media Studies at GCSE, AS and A2 levels is a heavily practical subject, with 50% of the available marks for each qualification coming from coursework or controlled assessment. The department has historically achieved highly in this regard and this new marking and feedback policy aims to apply the methods used to monitor and assess practical work across the whole of the Media Studies curriculum.

AS and A2 Media Studies

  • At the beginning of each qualification, students will set-up an online blog. This blog will be used to document the entire course and will effectively be a container that stores all notes, coursework and exam preparation material. Blog posts are likely to consist of audio, video, photographic and other media as well as text. The blog will be submitted to the exam board, in its entirety, at the end of the course.
  • Blogs will be actively monitored throughout the year. The class teacher will receive an email notification whenever a student publishes or edits a post on their blog.
  • The class teacher will direct the class to write some mandatory blog posts, but the vast majority will be unique to a particular student.
  • The class teacher will leave comments at the end of some blog posts.
  • The class teacher will regularly review the blog with each student, offering suggestions about published content and ideas for the blog’s future direction.
  • Students are encouraged to personalise their blog and explore their interests. They will be expected to post updates multiple times per week.
  • Students are encouraged to subscribe to classmates’ blogs and to leave comments on a regular basis.
  • Although the department aims to keep the KS5 courses as near to “paperless” as possible, students will be provided with sketchbooks for planning and research material that cannot easily be produced on-line.
  • Sketchbooks are the physical equivalent of the blog. All material will ultimately be scanned/photographed and added to the blog before submission to the exam board.
  • The class teacher will periodically collect sketchbooks to monitor quality.
  • Exam preparation, such as past questions or timed essays, written in the sketchbook will be marked in the sketchbook; those written on the blog will be marked in the comments.
  • Essays will be marked with specific reference to the exam board mark schemes and comments will support students to make improvements.
  • Practical work will be closely monitored by the department and verbal feedback will be ongoing.

GCSE Media Studies

  • GCSE students do not keep a blog, but blogging has been such a successful part of the KS5 Media Studies experience that we are experimenting with implementing a physical equivalent in the form of a sketchbook. This will be monitored following the KS5 model and will ultimately be scanned/photographed for submission to the exam board.
  • Exam preparation, such as past questions or timed essays, written in the sketchbook will be marked in the sketchbook.
  • Essays will be marked with specific reference to the exam board mark schemes and comments will support students to make improvements.
  • Practical work will be closely monitored by the department and verbal feedback will be ongoing.

Student Response

Media Studies students will be expected to respond to any feedback given by their class teacher.

  • Teacher comments written in sketchbooks require a response in the sketchbook. Whenever possible, class teachers will provide class time for this, but students will be expected to respond regardless.
  • Teacher comments written in blog comments require a subsequent response in the blog comments. Students should regularly check their posts for teacher comments.
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