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To: Nick Gibb MP - Schools Minister

Save A level Media Studies and Film Studies

UPDATE: 16/09/15
I am pleased to announce that thanks to pressure placed on the Department For Education and Mr Gibb specifically, the DFE has announced plans for the introduction of new Film Studies and Media Studies A level specifications from September 2017.

You can contribute to the public consultation on these new qualifications by clicking on the link below. Thanks to you all for signing the petition and your contribution in ensuring that these important qualifications will continue to be offered to students in future.

Save A level Media Studies and Film Studies

Stop intervening in discussions regarding the future of Media Studies and Film Studies at A level.

Save A level Media Studies and Film Studies.

Why is this important?

Since the election it has become clear that the current Schools Minister Nick Gibb has chosen to take an acute and highly critical interest in the content of certain courses, which has resulted in both Media Studies and Film Studies being placed in a precarious position regarding their future at A level.

This intervention is unwelcome and appears to be based upon personal prejudice rather than empirical evidence or concern raised within educational circles. Both subjects are well established, demanding and hugely popular and apparent attempts by Mr Gibb to directly interfere with the curriculum may have the effect of denying thousands of students the opportunity to study these subjects in future.

It seems strange and unrepresentative of Mr Gibb to intervene in such a way. We would like to highlight the following:

* The importance of the creative industries to the UK. Between 1997 and 2013, employment in the Creative Economy has increased. The yearly increase is around four times greater than the increase in the number of jobs in the rest of the UK Economy
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* So much of our experience and understanding of the world is mediated and an active role in navigating this requires good media literacy particularly amongst young people.

* Film is firmly established as a recognised and hugely culturally significant art form.

The British Film Institute, the Media Education Association, OFQUAL, exam boards, the university subject association MECCSA and other stakeholder representatives are best placed to determine the future direction of film and media education rather than Mr Gibb

How it will be delivered

A letter with a list of signatures will be emailed to Mr Gibb


Reasons for signing

  • This is close to my heart and please support my campaign regarding disability.
  • We need creative people, in all sorts of fields.
  • Given the world we're in now Media Studies is the most important subject of all.


2018-05-01 17:33:36 +0100

Petition is successful with 3,037 signatures

2015-09-16 16:01:38 +0100

Petition is successful with 2,988 signatures

2015-07-13 10:55:04 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2015-07-12 11:27:15 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-07-11 07:11:47 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-07-10 18:09:05 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-07-10 14:00:33 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-07-10 13:27:54 +0100

10 signatures reached