BAFTA-winning platform releases free sex-ed film for secondary schools

A BAFTA-winning education resource platform has released a short comedy film to support sex and relationships education in secondary schools.

Screwball! is suitable for years 8 through 11, and follows two 17-year-olds who are preparing to (possibly) have sex for the first time.

This free-to-access film explores the sensitive issues that face young people, such as consent, the influence of pornography, body confidence and the normalisation of sexting.

TrueTube, the online platform hosting the resource, already has a range of films available that support the teaching of PSHE, religious education and citizenship, with accompanying lesson plans and assembly scripts.

In 2016, one of the films commissioned by the site, Refugee, won a BAFTA at the British Academy Children’s Award, making it the first time an online channel had ever won in the drama category.

Bob Ayres, a former teacher who heads up TrueTube, said: “In just 12 minutes, Screwball! raises issues of peer pressure, social media abuse and the damaging effects of online porn, and it does it in a way that’s funny, sweet and emotionally engaging.

“We want young people to be developing positive relationships from the start, rather than having to learn from painful mistakes.”

You can access the film here.

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