Free

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FREE

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FREE is a ground-breaking film for primary school pupils, from Rikki Beadle-Blair, that conveys a powerful message about difference, diversity and respect. The film follows the stories of four children as they explore family, friendship and what it means to be yourself. FREE challenges homophobic bullying and language and shows the importance of celebrating difference.

Designed in conjunction with a panel of leading primary school teachers, this age-appropriate film builds on Stonewall's acclaimed Different Families campaign, and has been specifically designed to complement schools' Key Stage 2 Personal Health and Social Education (PSHE) curriculums.

To buy your copy of FREE click here. Stonewall School Champions can email education@stonewall.org.uk for a complimentary copy. More information on the School Champions programme can be found below.

FREE can either be viewed as a 60 minute film or you can watch the four 15 minute stories separately. 

Find out more about the characters by clicking on the images below

 

Danni

Jake

Danni

Jake

Danni is the chief of her tribe and
Shivvum and Charlie are her two 
trusty warriors. Some of the other
kids in Danni's neighbourhood don't
think girls should be allowed to hang
around with boys, let alone be in 
charge. They keep saying that Danni
isn't a real girl.  

Jake and Harry are best friends
but they don't like all the same
things. Their friendship
is put to the test when Jake admits
that he'd rather go to a drama
lesson than watch Harry's important
football match.   

Linus ii Emma
Linus
Linus is really proud that his
older brother Jordan is about
to become a pro footballer.
But Linus doesn't like the fact
Jordan has a boyfriend, Toby.
He thinks pro footballers can't
be gay and that he'll get bullied
for having a gay brother, so
plots to break them up.


Emma
Emma loves her two mums and
dads even if, like all parents,
they can be annoying. But when
Emma's friend tells her she's not
allowed to sleep over because
her mum doesn't like Emma's
parents, Emma starts to wonder
if there's something wrong with
her family.


Why this DVD?

Research conducted for Stonewall by YouGov and the University of Cambridge found that homophobic bullying is one of the most common forms of bullying in primary schools. It also found that whilst the 20,000 children of same-sex parents love their families, they're often worried about telling their classmates about them for fear of homophobic bullying.

Homophobic bullying in primary schools: The Facts

  • Nine in ten primary school teachers believe that lesbian and gay issues should be addressed in the classroom, but nine in ten have never had the training to do so
  • Three in five lesbian, gay and bisexual people expect their child would face bullying in primary school if it were known they had gay parents
  • Three in four primary school teachers say that pupils in their school use homophobic language
  • Two in five primary school teachers say children and young people, regardless of their sexual orientation, experience homophobic bullying, name calling or harassment in their schools
  • Only a quarter of primary school teachers have addressed issues relating to sexual orientation in their classrooms
  • Two thirds of primary school teachers who have included sexual orientation issues in their classrooms report a positive reaction from their pupils. Only three per cent report a negative reaction

    Click here to find out more about our work with primary schools.

What more your school can do

Join Stonewall's School Champions programme! Stonewall works with hundreds of primary schools as part of its School Champions programme. The programme supports primary schools to celebrate different families and tackle homophobic language and bullying.

Your school can become a School Champion by a member of staff attending one of our Train the Trainer courses. These courses give attendees practical tools and techniques to train their colleagues on tackling homophobic bullying and celebrating difference as well as an opportunity to share best practice. They also show schools how to meet requirements under the Ofsted inspection framework.

100 per cent of delegates last year said they felt more confident tackling homophobic bullying and would recommend the course to others.

FREE Lesson plans for primary schools

John Yates-Harold, Deputy Head Teacher of Jenny Hammond Primary School in Walthamstow, has produced a series of lesson plans to accompany each chapter of FREE. 

Danni lesson plans
Jake lesson plans
Linus Lesson plans
Emma lesson plans
 


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