Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched a new film for primary schools in a bid to tackle homophobic bullying.
Every primary school in Britain will receive a copy of ‘Free’ complete with a detailed lesson plan which helps teachers curb bullying and celebrate different families.
The film follows the stories of four children exploring family, friendship and what it means to be an individual.
Directed by Rikki-Beadle Blair, the film is backed by former children’s laureate and best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson.
She said: “Stonewall is doing a wonderful job working with teachers and young people to make sure no-one is bullied because they or their family might be gay.”
Mumsnet CEO Justine Roberts has also welcomed the film saying: “Despite best attempts many parents find it tricky to talk to their kids about relationships. Films like these from Stonewall are a great way to reassure and educate children.”
Stonewall’s Acting Chief Executive, Ruth Hunt, added: “Every parent wants their child to grow up in a world where they can be themselves.
“A world where they can learn, play and make friends at school and beyond. A vital part of growing up in 21st century Britain is learning that difference is something to be celebrated, not shunned.
“Free helps schools teach this important lesson in an age-appropriate way.”
Research by Stonewall shows three in four primary school teachers say that pupils in their school use homophobic language.