Free GCSE art lesson plans: LGBT+ artists from David Hockney to Wu Tsang

by Just Like Us
September 2022

A photo of GCSE art lesson plans

Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, has released a series of free GCSE art lesson plans, covering both KS3 and KS4.

The free, ready-to-go resources include a KS3 lesson plan on LGBT+ artists – from David Hockney to Wu Tsang – and a KS4 PowerPoint presentation exploring the history of LGBT+ identities in art, stretching back thousands of years.

The aims of these lessons are to explore the work of LGBT+ artists, and the ways that LGBT+ identities have been represented in art throughout history.

How to download GCSE art lesson plans:

If you are a staff member at a UK primary school, secondary school or sixth form college, you can access Just Like Us’ free resources by following the below steps:

  1. Sign up for School Diversity Week (make sure you tick ‘School Diversity Week’).
  2. Afterwards, you’ll receive an email granting you access to the resources.
  3. Then, browse and download resources in our portal.

What is School Diversity Week?

Every June, Just Like Us runs School Diversity Week: a celebration of LGBT+ equality in primary and secondary schools across the UK.

As part of this, Just Like Us has created more than 50 free, LGBT+ inclusive resources for use in schools. These include lesson plans, worksheets, assembly ideas, story time discussions, and presentations. Plus, there is a Rainbow Friday non-uniform day that raises money for Just Like Us.

Each year, thousands of UK primary and secondary schools take part in School Diversity Week, gaining free access to a host of LGBT+ inclusive lessons – from the life of Alan Turing to the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy.

Why celebrate School Diversity Week?

Independent research has linked positive messaging about being LGBT+ to pupils reporting better mental health and wellbeing at school, regardless of whether they are LGBT+ or not.

So, sign up for School Diversity Week to access our wide-ranging and free LGBT+ inclusive resources. You’ll be joining thousands of other schools across the UK.