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The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit. Our age ratings and free educational resources can help you explore with your students not only how to use age classification to guide decision making but also broader issues around decision making and personal and social responsibility, such as how young people develop as they grow up, the importance of making good and informed choices, and how the decisions we make reflect us as a society.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit. Our age ratings and free educational resources can help you explore with your students not only how to use age classification to guide decision making but also broader issues around decision making and personal and social responsibility, such as how young people develop as they grow up, the importance of making good and informed choices, and how the decisions we make reflect us as a society.
Wadjda Case Study
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Wadjda Case Study

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Wadjda is a sweet, insightful and uplifting story about a young Saudi Arabian girl who steadfastly defies the social and cultural rules of her community in order to make her dreams of owning and riding a bike happen. The film is directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first female director to make a film in Saudi Arabia, and offers a female perspective on life in contemporary Saudi Arabia, told from the point of a view of a young girl. This case study outlines the classification issues in the film, discussion points for the classroom and recommended viewing. Curriculum links: This case study can be used for those studying ‘Component 2: Global Film: Narrative, Representation and Film Style - Non- English Language Film’ on the GCSE WJEC / Eduqas specification Find more case studies on the BBFC website: https://www.bbfc.co.uk/education/case-studies
Pride Case Study
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Pride Case Study

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Pride (2014) is a British comedy drama, from 2014, in which an LGBTQ+ group raises money in support of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. This case study outlines the classification issues in the film, discussion points for the classroom and recommended viewing. Curriculum links: This case study can be used for those studying ‘Critical Approaches to Film: Section A: Contemporary British and US Film - Contemporary US film’ on the A-level OCR specification. Find more case studies on the BBFC website: https://www.bbfc.co.uk/education/case-studies
Selma Case Study
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Selma Case Study

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Ava DuVernay’s Selma (2014) is a powerful historical drama based on the events of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches of 1965. The film dramatises these events through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King and narrates the political and personal struggles that he and his community faced in order to use their activism to make meaningful change. This case study outlines the classification issues in the film, discussion points for the classroom and recommended viewing. Curriculum links: This case study can be used for those studying 'American film since 2005: Section B: Comparative Study of Contemporary American Independent Cinema (post 2005) - Mainstream film’ on the WJEC AS/A-level specification. Find more case studies on the BBFC website: https://www.bbfc.co.uk/education/case-studies
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Case Study
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Case Study

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a sci-fi action adventure in which a young woman becomes embroiled in a galactic conflict. This case study outlines the classification issues in the film, discussion points for the classroom and recommended viewing. Curriculum links: This case study can be used for those studying ‘Content of Critical Approaches to Film: Section A: Contemporary British and US Film - Contemporary US film’ on the A-level OCR specification. Find more case studies on the BBFC website: https://www.bbfc.co.uk/education/case-studies
KS2: Lets Watch a Film! Making choices about what to watch
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KS2: Lets Watch a Film! Making choices about what to watch

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This resource is aimed at Key Stage 2 learners, and is accredited by the PSHE Association. These lesson plans and activities help pupils develop the tools to make the best choices about what to watch, when and where - and are accompanied by comprehensive teacher guidance notes and supporting activity resources. The lessons look at age ratings, why they exist, and allow KS2 pupils to consider issues such as: What age ratings are and how they work The suitability of content How they make their own decisions Why regulations and rules are in place Where they should go for more information when deciding what to watch, and how to steer clear of content that might be unsuitable The resource pack includes two one hour lesson plans, teacher guidance and ready to use powerpoints and classroom resources. The lessons use a variety of techniques including role play, thought mapping, and scenarios for discussion. For more interactive classroom resources, see our website cbbfc.co.uk, a dedicated space for primary educators and parents.
Zootropolis Case Study
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Zootropolis Case Study

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Disney’s Zootropolis (Rich Moore, Byron Howard, Jared Bush) is set in a fictional city in which animals live in harmony together in the big smoke. This case study outlines the classification issues in the film, discussion points for the classroom and recommended viewing. Curriculum links: This case study can be used for those studying ‘Critical Approaches to Film: Section A - Contemporary British and US Film’ on the A-level OCR specification. Find more case studies on the BBFC website: https://www.bbfc.co.uk/education/case-studies
KS3:  Making Choices: Sex, Relationships and BBFC Age Ratings
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KS3: Making Choices: Sex, Relationships and BBFC Age Ratings

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Our Key Stage 3 PSHE resource, Making Choices: Sex, Relationships and BBFC Age Ratings will help your class develop strategies for coping with peer pressure, and enable them to recognise the differences between real life and on-screen relationships. Key areas of focus include: Representations of sex and relationships in films on and offline Decision making and peer influence How and why age ratings are given to films and other content How the BBFC reflect public and teenager views when making those decisions The resource pack includes three one hour lesson plans, teacher guidance and ready to use powerpoints and classroom resources. All lessons support teachers to meet the statutory RSE curriculum. For more education resources, head to bbfc.co.uk/education
Dil Se.. Case Study
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Dil Se.. Case Study

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Dil Se… (Mani Ratnam, 1998) is a Hindi language Indian romantic thriller that blends Bollywood spectacle with an arthouse sensibility. The film’s themes of obsessive love and violence are set against a highly political narrative that explores issues of separatism in India during the 1990s. This case study outlines the classification issues in the film, discussion points for the classroom and recommended viewing. Curriculum links: This case study can be used for those studying ‘Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives - Section A (Two film study) - Outside Europe’ on the A-level WJEC / Eduqas specification. Find more case studies on the BBFC website: https://www.bbfc.co.uk/education/case-studies
Carol Case Study
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Carol Case Study

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Todd Haynes returns to the melodrama genre in his 2015 adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt. Much like the novel on which it is based, Carol explores themes of love and desire set against a backdrop of social and legal discrimination. This case study outlines the classification issues in the film, discussion points for the classroom and recommended viewing. Curriculum links: This case study can be used for those studying ‘Component 1: Section B - American Film since 2005’ on the A-level WJEC / Eduqas specification. Find more case studies on the BBFC website: https://www.bbfc.co.uk/education/case-studies
Elephant Case Study
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Elephant Case Study

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Gus Van Sant’s Elephant (2003) follows the lives of several students studying at Watt High School in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, as they go about their everyday lives. The students’ daily routines are violently interrupted when two of them bring death and destruction to the school. This case study outlines the classification issues in the film, discussion points for the classroom and recommended viewing. Curriculum links: This case study can be used for those studying ‘Critical Approaches to Film: Ideology - Outsiders’ on the A-level OCR specification. Find more case studies on the BBFC website: https://www.bbfc.co.uk/education/case-studies
KS1: Watch out! Helping to make good viewing choices
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KS1: Watch out! Helping to make good viewing choices

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Accredited by the PSHE Association, these lessons support pupils in understanding how to make safe viewing choices online and what to do if they see something that is not age appropriate. The resource pack includes two one hour lesson plans, teacher guidance and ready to use powerpoints and classroom resources. Learning objectives include: understanding that there are age-ratings that can help us make choices about what to watch learning how to make good viewing choices that are right for a person’s age learning about what to do if someone watches something that makes them feel upset or worried. Our lesson plans also support teachers to meet the Department for Education’s statutory guidance for Relationships and Health education in the following areas: Online relationships (in Relationships education) the rules and principles for keeping safe online, how to recognise risks, harmful content and contact, and how to report them. Internet Safety and harms (in Health education) why social media, some computer games and online gaming, for example, are age restricted. where and how to report concerns and get support with issues online. For more interactive classroom resources, see our website cbbfc.co.uk, a dedicated space for primary educators and parents.