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AQA GCSE NEA Advice Lifestyle Magazine, Women and Gaming

Emily Prentice | Monday November 18, 2019

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Time is flying! Which is more than I will be next July after Thomas Cook obliterated my 5 day jaunt to New York.  Didn’t want to stay at The Trump Tower Hotel anyway. And why Edusites picked it for the annual staff conference is beyond me.  I suggested we go to a B’n’B in Diss but they all laughed at me.

Anyhoooo.  Brief 2 is yet another AQA challenger. 

MOVIN ON UP

It’s quite clear, looking at the new set of AQA briefs, that they are considerably more prescriptive and far less generic than the first tranche of five were.

That is to be expected in Year 2.  It’s essential therefore that teachers make sure they scrutinise BOTH the essential elements (left hand side) AND the equally crucial minimum requirements (right hand side).

And not just scrutinise them but sit and THRASH OUT AND DECODE THE REQUIREMENTS with the pupils so they have a crystal clear vision of the focus for their upcoming months of work.

QUESTION PROMPTS/INITIAL DISCUSSIONS

These are the kind of jumping off points that would be helpful in getting the students into the right frame of mind to decide IF this is the right one.  At this stage it will be just as useful for them to decide that, actually, these requirements are too specific and not what they’re really too interested in working on.

  • DO THEY GRASP HOW IMPORTANT STRONG CONVINCING REPRESENTATION ON THE FRONT COVER WILL BE TO THE SUCCESS OF THEIR MAGAZINE?  How will they suggest the vibe of the magazine in the first 3 seconds of somebody perusing it?
  • CAN THEY CONSIDER THE IMPORTANCE OF THE  MODE OF ADDRESS in their design process?
  • HAVE THEY REALISED JUST WHO THE AUDIENCE IS?  It’s not them or their peers! The brief states “Young adult women”! Discuss what that means.
  • WHAT’S THE OVERALL THEME GOING TO BE? The magazine itself, despite the gaming requirement could/should be generally lifestyle based. Don’t feel the need to make it a ‘Women in Gaming’ special edition!  ‘Lifestyle’ offers a never ending...

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