KS4 drama: Free lesson on non-traditional casting

by Just Like Us
September 2022

A photo of a KS4 drama lesson plan

Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, has released a free KS4 drama lesson plan on non-traditional casting in theatre.

The free, ready-to-go resource will give pupils an understanding of what non-traditional casting means, and why some producers choose to do this.

Pupils will look at specific examples, including various productions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and also get to explore other terms such as “gender-blind” casting.

It is one of several drama resources available from Just Like Us, as part of School Diversity Week.

How to download this KS4 drama 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. You’ll then 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. The event is 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, fundraising for Just Like Us.

Each year, thousands of UK primary and secondary schools take part in School Diversity Week. Signing up means you will get free access to LGBT+ inclusive resources on all key stages and key subjects.

Why celebrate School Diversity Week?

Independent research has found a link between positive messaging about being LGBT+ in schools to pupils have better mental health. This is regardless of whether the pupils are LGBT+ or not.

By signing up for School Diversity Week, you’ll gain access to our free LGBT+ inclusive resources. You’ll be joining thousands of other schools celebrating across the UK.