English with Media Education

English with Media Education

This area provides opportunities for young people to develop effective communication skills in relevant contexts. It gives pupils opportunities to appreciate and use language for a range of functional and creative purposes. It also promotes understanding of the nature of communication in different contexts. Pupils’ ability to shape and deconstruct messages in print and digital forms will be important throughout their lives.

For further details, see the Statutory Requirements for English with Media Education, the Non-Statutory Guidance for English with Media Education or the Statutory Requirements for Irish (in Irish-Medium Schools) with Media Education.

Key Elements

Many of the themes that pupils explore in English sit naturally with the Key Elements.

English with Media Education is a natural fit for the Key Elements of:

  • Personal Development and Mutual Understanding; 
  • Media Awareness;
  • Citizenship;
  • Cultural Understanding;
  • Spiritual Awareness;
  • Employability; and
  • Education for Sustainable Development.

The Cross-Curricular Skill of Communication

Communication is central to the whole curriculum. Pupils should be able to communicate to:

  • express themselves socially, emotionally and physically;
  • develop as individuals;
  • engage with others; and
  • contribute as members of society.

For further information on Communication, see Communication at Key Stage 3.

Assessing Communication

Assessing Communication skills in different contexts across the curriculum helps you to monitor and track the effectiveness of the literacy strategies in your school.

For details on the assessment of Communication, see Assess and Progress.


For more information on English with Media Education, contact:

Róisín McCreesh
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2635


Creative Writing Creative Writing

This resource has a full range of interactive and editable, printable resources to support the development of the core skills of the Northern Ireland Curriculum while teaching Creative Writing.

Teaching Controversial Issues at Key Stages 3 & 4

This training programme supports a whole-school approach to teaching controversial issues. Curriculum leaders can adapt the training materials and use them as part of their school CPD programme.

English and Irish with media education provide many opportunities for pupils to explore a range of topics and issues including those, which may be sensitive or controversial.

The following CCEA guidance and training programme on teaching controversial issues supports a whole school approach and provides teachers with practical classroom teaching and learning strategies for teaching controversial issues.

Teaching Controversial Issues Training Guidance Notes 483.4 KB - Uploaded 19-02-2018

Learning for Life and Work through EnglishLearning for Life and Work through English

The purpose of this resource is to demonstrate how English teachers can deliver aspects of Learning for Life and Work in their classroom.

The following video (Resource 5) is referenced in this resource - an interview with B&Q employees Thomas Sweeney & Mae Simpson. Mae is a 78 year old woman who works as a Sales Assistant in her local B&Q store.

Novel Quests

The aim of these units of work is to engage pupils in reading for pleasure, in and out of the classroom, and to enhance their appreciation of a writer's craft.

Novel Quests: Key Stage 3 English with Media Education

Novel Quests: Unique (based on the novel Unique by Alison Allen-Gray)

Novel Quests: Cosmic (based on the novel Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce)

Novel Quests: Bog Child (based on the novel Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd)

Poetry Quests

Novel Quests: Poetry Quests: Key Stage 3 English with Media Education


An interactive resource that helps pupils respond to a range of literary texts and poems with moving and still images. The resource helps children respond to texts in new and creative ways, while addressing the statutory requirement to provide Media Education as part of the English curriculum.

New-Bridge Integrated College Case Study: Teaching Controversial Issues 2.9 MB - uploaded 28-08-2015

Lurgan Junior High School and St Mary’s High School - Sharing education: Teaching Controversial Issues 3.4 MB - uploaded 28-08-2015

Useful Links

Please review all links to judge their suitability before using them with your class.

Classroom resources for teachers available in the education and research section of British Film Institute. bfi.org.uk

Teaching Resources available from media education lab. mediaeducationlab.com/curriculum/materials

Teaching Resources available from Media Smart. mediasmart.uk.com

Resources available on the media studies section of Teachitenglish website. teachitenglish.co.uk/media-studies

A film education resource promoting and supporting the use of film in the curriculum. filmeducation.org/resources