The Anne Frank Trust UK

Using education to create a society safe from prejudice and discrimination

Free to Be

Free to Be brings an innovative new anti-bullying element to the Anne Frank Trust’s Schools Programme in both primary and secondary school settings. The project is highly topical, reflecting current hate-related bullying issues faced by young people today, and uses peer education to encourage the development of pupils’ critical thinking about their own views, and those they encounter in their everyday lives.

Original film clips provide a resource for generating classroom discussion enabling young people to address often very difficult subjects in a safe and supportive environment. The programme also gives young people the opportunity to create and share their own films about different forms of prejudice and discrimination, providing a catalyst for on-going debate and leaving a legacy for the programme beyond its delivery in-school.


How it Works

 Secondary Schools

The project is delivered in approximately 6 days phased over the course of a month incorporating:

· 2 days of bespoke debating workshops led by Anne Frank Trust staff involving about 180 children.

· 2 days for a smaller group of students to develop their own ideas and skills into a mini-documentary on anti-bullying with the support of a specialist freelance film-maker.

· 2 days supporting this group with facilitating their own workshops or assemblies with other students using their own newly developed resource.

Primary schools

The project is delivered in 2 days phased over 2 weeks as follows:

· 1 day delivery of anti-prejudice workshops focused on contemporary issues such as Islamophobia with a class of year 6 pupils led by Anne Frank Trust staff.

· On day 1, Anne Frank Trust staff work with a small group pf 5-10 pupils helping them to develop their ideas and concepts into their own workshop.

· 1 day supporting this group to implement their ideas and deliver their creative content with peers and younger year groups.