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Book A Remote Learning or Skype session

Meet a member of the BBFC team face to face without leaving your classroom!

You don’t have to miss out on meeting a Compliance Officer if you can’t visit the Board for a student seminar or arrange a school visit. We offer videoconferencing and Skype sessions in which our Compliance Officers will answer your students' questions and discuss films, censorship, classification today, important and controversial decisions and key issues with your class. We can tailor this for primary, secondary or university groups. Primary school teachers can also look at our children's website for ideas.

Currently most sessions are short discussions or forums for students to interview the Compliance Officers, rather than full presentations (we cannot always play clips during conferences, as the quality is variable, though we can discuss key scenes and clips you have been studying in advance). Sessions work best if you let us know what areas your pupils are studying, and they have prepared questions. If we know in advance, we can usually prepare answers on a particular film (or films) you are studying.

It is also possible for Compliance Officers to discuss films/trailers made by students as part of their coursework as long as the coursework can be sent well in advance of a session, or for them to focus on a particular decision or issue (eg age rating trailers or the 12A category). Alternatively, Compliance Officers can offer a quick Q&A session after a class has finished watching a film.

  • You will need access to a Skype account. (If you use another video conferencing system do feel free to contact us to discuss further)
  • Sessions can be booked between 10 and 3 pm on most days, although we are a working building and will sometimes have to suggest a more convenient time. 
  • Like our visits, the Skype sessions are free of charge. We will endeavour to honour all requests, as long as we have sufficient resources inhouse to do so.
  • To find out more email us using the form below (or telephone the BBFC and speak to our education team on +44 (0)207 440 1570).
  • Please offer a range of dates/times and book well in advance to ensure we can schedule your conference. Discuss at point of booking any specific requirements you have.
  • You need to know the Skype account details you will be using and provide a mobile for the teacher (plus ideally a contact number for the staffroom).
  • We will usually arrange a quick test session to make sure that the connection is easily achieved
  • We will confirm the date and time by email.

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