GCSE history topics: Free LGBT+ lesson plans

by Just Like Us
September 2022

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Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, has released two free KS4 history lesson plans covering a range of GCSE history topics which explore challenges and milestones to LGBT+ equality.

The free, ready-to-go resources include a KS4 lesson plan on “the Glamour Boys” – a group of gay and bisexual MPs who led the calls to end appeasement prior to World War Two, as covered in Chris Bryant’s book of the same name.

A further KS4 lesson explores key LGBT+ legislative moments throughout history in Britain – both setbacks and progressive changes – and changing societal attitudes.

How to download these KS4 lesson plans, which explore a variety of GCSE history topics:

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 fundraises 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.

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