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BBFC launches its own PSHE resources for primary schools, accredited by the PSHE Association

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) today launches primary school PSHE education teaching resources in a bid to help equip pupils with the tools to make the best choices about what to watch, when and where.

Date 23/08/2018

BBFC launches its own PSHE resources for primary schools, accredited by the PSHE Association


Building on its already extensive work with young people, the BBFC’s Education team has teamed up with the PSHE Association to produce the free lesson plans, "Lets' Watch a Film! Making choices about what to watch" aimed at Key Stage 2 children.


BBFC Head of Education Lucy Brett said: "We are excited to be partnering with the PSHE Association, especially in light of current government focus on strengthening the quality and status of PSHE in all schools.  We hope that teachers see this as a vital support in guiding their pupils to make informed choices on what they watch, as well as providing pupils with the tools to walk away from the lessons with greater knowledge of BBFC ratings and an understanding of how what we watch affects us and the people around us.”

The lesson plans and accompanying Teacher Guidance focus on key PSHE skills such as decision making, understanding relationships, and looking for help and guidance in useful places.

The BBFC’s Education team is a significant part of BBFC's public outreach, with a core objective of helping children and young people choose well when selecting viewing material online, at home and in the cinema.

Traditionally a large part of the BBFC's education work was with older teenagers and those studying media, or hoping to become the next generation of media producers; this resource marks a move towards engaging with younger children at an age where they are starting to choose their own viewing independently, especially at home.


Brett added: "As visual media continues to find its place in an increasingly accessible online world, it's important that children are given opportunities - within a safe and nurturing learning environment - to gain the knowledge, understanding, and skills to make informed viewing choices.

“I'm positive that our PSHE lessons will help promote this – while providing the bedrock for teachers to explore wider ideas, including building resilience in an increasingly online world, considering suitability of material for different age groups and navigating relationships with friends and family when making decisions about what entertainment to watch.”

 The classroom resources will support teachers and pupils in finding relevant and accurate information to underpin their viewing behaviour, indicating useful places, such as the BBFC's children's website which carries age ratings and BBFCinsight for films rated U, PG, 12A.


More information about the BBFC's PSHE Resource

The BBFC resource can be downloaded for free from the CBBFC website here.

More information about the resource:

Let's Watch a Film! Making choices about what to watch includes a teacher's guide, two lesson plans and additional supporting resources.

Lesson one introduces the BBFC to students with the aim of ensuring they can readily identify the classification symbols and understand the significance of each one. Pupils will discuss different themes within visual content and what they mean for different age ranges.

Lesson two builds on the first, while tackling growing up and the concept of negotiating which content to view. Through a range of activities, pupils will gain the skills to navigate viewing content with either family or friends. As well as understanding that different people want to watch a range of different content, the goal is for pupils to come away galvanised to make their own choices and aware of how they can find the advice they need.

With the ever-changing landscape of media, and multiple ways in which to view content readily available to a growing number of children, the BBFC is confident that this resource can form a key part in ensuring that children are prepared to make informed choices about what they watch – and how.

PSHE Association Subject Specialist Sally Martin says: “With growing technological developments surrounding film and video content, young people are increasingly required to manage their own viewing habits. These important new PSHE education lessons from the BBFC support pupils to critically select what they watch and learn ways to handle situations where they may feel under pressure to view something they are unsure about. These lessons will help to develop pupils’ risk-assessment, decision-making and assertiveness skills as part of a planned PSHE curriculum.”



For more information contact Billie Morgan  0207 440 3285

Notes to editors

About the BBFC

The BBFC is an independent, private, not-for-profit company which classifies films, video on all physical formats (DVD and Blu-ray Disc for example) and certain video games, advertisements and trailers. The BBFC also works with a number of on demand services to provide trusted age ratings for video content available for download and streaming online. In addition to these significant roles the BBFC was designated the age-verification regulator under Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act (DEA) in February 2018. While continuing their work as independent regulator, on a voluntary, best-practice basis, of content delivered via the UK’s four mobile networks (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone). The BBFC operates a transparent, trusted classification regime based on years of expertise and published Classification Guidelines. These guidelines are formulated by conducting regular large scale public consultations to ensure that the standards enshrined in its Guidelines reflect public opinion and is accountable to Parliament.

In addition to providing the latest age rating information on our websites, twitter account and free app, the BBFC continues to publish resources for children, teachers and older learners including a regular podcast, a children's website (, case studies and classroom posters.

In 2017 alone the BBFC's education team held 137 teaching sessions speaking to over 8,000 people across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Sessions focussed on BBFC age ratings, our history and our current work including in the online space.

About the PSHE Association

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a school subject that supports pupils to be healthy, safe and prepared for modern life. The PSHE education curriculum covers a range of pressing issues facing children and young people today, including those relating to relationships, mental and physical health, staying safe and aware online and offline, financial literacy and careers.

The PSHE Association is the national body for PSHE education. A charity and membership organisation, the Association works to improve PSHE education standards by supporting a national network of teachers and schools with advice, training and support.

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