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Health and safety advice from OCR

Centres are reminded that materials studied on a GCE or GCSE Media Studies or Film Studies course
should be age appropriate for the students taking the course, with due consideration given to the maturity of
the students on the course.

When selecting study materials or giving advice on practical production ideas, centres need to apply
common sense and demonstrate appropriate judgement whilst also taking into account current health and
safety regulations and relevant child protection laws to ensure that a due level of care is shown to their

In recent series there have been some examples of production work that have caused concern, and in some
cases, been referred back to the exam board by moderators and then back to the centres themselves as
‘inappropriate material’ via OCR’s Child Protection Officer. Rather than list examples of offensive or
inappropriate material here, it is important to state that teachers need to ‘supervise’ and ultimately be
responsible for artefacts that are sent to the exam board. On occasion examination responses have also
been referred back to the exam board and then back to the centres where it is clear that candidates are
expressing opinions that have not been taught and are clearly inappropriate for public examinations.
Centres should have a robust health and safety policy in place ensure that students are both aware of it and
that they adhere to it. For example, students need to be aware whose permission they need to film in private
and public places, and they need to be aware of the dangers and risks that filming can pose to themselves
and to members of the public. Awareness of the law, application of common sense and consideration for
others are ll vital - including taking into consideration how a finished artefact may be interpreted by other
centres, parents or the general public if it is eventually made available via the web or other means.

Written permission should be obtained by centres from those individuals whose pictures are taken or
appear on film via a Model Release Form. If work is also to be published on the web, then centres should
ensure that they have asked models for all appropriate permissions on their release forms. Bearing in mind
that any material published on the web can never be reliably removed, centres should always adopt the
latest principles of best practice when publishing online – including the basic Department for Education
advice not to link an image to the name of a school student.

Centres and candidates are expected to comply to the guidelines given above at all times when working on
Media and/or Film Studies production units.

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