KS3 geography: Free lesson plan on same-sex marriage around the world

by Just Like Us
September 2022

A photo of KS3 geography resources

Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, has released a free KS3 geography lesson plan exploring the changing attitudes to same-sex marriage around the world.

The free, ready-to-go resource will give pupils a closer look into the attitudes and social movements which have influenced or opposed progress for same-sex marriage globally, looking at specific countries such as the Republic of Ireland.

It also includes engage an interactive map showing countries where same-sex marriage is and is not legal, with pupils tasked with writing a one-minute speech to a country of their choice.

Pupils will be challenged to predict where they think we’ll be in the next century when it comes to equal marriage, based on what we know about LGBT+ rights today and the social changes seen in the last century. 

The lesson plan is one of several free geography resources, including on the World Bank, available from Just Like Us.

How to download this KS3 geography lesson plan:

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” dressing-up day.

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 found a link between positive messaging about being LGBT+ in schools to pupils reporting better mental health, 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 other schools celebrating across the UK.