New (books) on the block

One of the biggest benefits of being a wee publisher is that we can take on teacher feedback and publish into smaller subject areas that may have limited or no resources available. This was the case for our two latest publications – over the years we have been approached numerous times for Media Study Guides at National 5 and Higher level. After eighteen months of hard work and development, we are delighted to have published both a National 5 and a Higher Media Study Guide. It’s one of the most rewarding aspects of publishing, to fill the need for resources and publish books that will make a real difference to teachers and learners. As with all our books, we work with the very best teachers and subject experts, to turn a book proposal into the tangible book that you see on a shelf. Helping students to achieve their potential is really at the heart of what we aim to do at Bright Red and we are so pleased to have been able to produce books for these two Media courses. By filling this market need, we hope not only to help those currently taking these courses but to encourage more learners to consider Media as one of their qualifications, now that there are resources to support them in their studies.

National 5 and Higher Media Study Guides being held up again a wall in a woman's hand.
Our National 5 and Higher Media Study Guides

Our National 5 Media Study Guide provides thorough coverage of this creative, communicative course. We’ve worked closely with experienced teacher Alexandra Mattinson to create a book that is packed with brilliant content and activities to complement what learners cover in the classroom. Each page has been thoughtfully designed to embed the seven key aspects of the course content and fundamentally appeal to students. The illustrations are eye-catching and the content is presented in a clear and aesthetically pleasing way that it’s easy for learners to pick out the key points and consolidate their knowledge.

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Student in classroom setting

The content of the book mirrors the structure of the course and will help learners prepare for the Question paper (exam) and the Assignment. The book covers the content-based key aspects (categories, language, narrative and representation) as well as the context-based key aspects (institution, society and audience). Its methodical approach will help guide learners through the course with confidence, aided by our bespoke features which will help cement and stretch students understanding. Additional support is available on our Bright Red Digital Zone – our free, online learning platform that is bursting with extra content, video links, activities (with the answers provided) and online tests.

Our Higher Media Study Guide similarly provides extensive coverage of the course content and is written by subject experts, Wendy Elrick and Keith Hay. We’ve had the pleasure of working closely with both authors to create a resource that meticulously follows the Higher Media course and will help learners in a number of ways. By using this book, learners will be able to analyse and create media content, build their understanding of the key aspects of media literacy, develop their knowledge of the role of media within society, advance their research skills and master their ability to self-evaluate. Revision can be incredibly daunting for students but this book will offer them an excellent starting point and expertly guide them through the challenges of the course up to the examination day. Like our National 5 Media Study Guide, there are bespoke Bright Red features on every page that are designed to reiterate key points and offer direction for further reading on our Bright Red Digital Zone.

Screenshot of the Bright Red Digital Zone Home Page
Our Bright Red Digital Zone

Creating new content for the market can be hugely challenging but the end result makes the whole process so worthwhile. We are really delighted with both these books and are excited to be publishing into a new subject field, providing guidance and support for students in an area where before now, resources have been limited.

View our National 5 Media Sample Pages here and our Higher Media Sample Pages here.

A (Bright) New Year

There’s something very exciting about the start of a new year, particularly when it’s also the start of a new decade. It’s natural to take time to reflect over the past years, identify both the highs and the lows and to reminisce. Ten years ago, Bright Red was still very much in its infancy and just starting to bring innovative, fresh Study Guides into the marketplace that students, parents and teachers could depend and rely on. It’s wonderful to see how much the company has grown in that time – we’ve published more than 65 Study Guides from National 4 to Advanced Higher level and more recently, have expanded into publishing Course Books for Broad General Education.

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The Big Move | London to Edinburgh

It’s been just under a year since I followed my heart up to Scotland and left behind my home of twenty-something years in Surrey and working life in London. I swapped my daily train commute for a short walk through the cobbled streets of Edinburgh and life in a huge corporation to one in an independent company. I moved house, companies and countries in the space of one weekend, which looking back was madness, but at the time seemed the most logical thing to do – to immerse myself in my new life up in Scotland.

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Fixing the Future | Girls in Engineering Science

The change from the old Technological Studies to Engineering Science can no doubt be seen as a good thing – pupil numbers have gone up, achievement and attainment has gone up, and schools that dropped the old course years ago for one reason or another are now offering Engineering Science. From 2014 to 2015 an additional 40% of pupils took up Engineering Science.

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A big (Bright Red) birthday

At a certain point in life – let’s just call it early middle age – birthdays can feel somewhat understated.  With the exuberance of coming of age at 18 and 21, the growing up marker of 30 and the landmark 40 firmly under your belt (this writer’s certainly), personal celebrations get a little more routine.  At the same time, other people’s birthdays start to become far more interesting as they grow up or hit some of the milestones mentioned above.

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