GCSE citizenship studies: Free LGBT+ discussion plan

by Just Like Us
October 2022

A photo of a GCSE citizenship studies lesson plan

Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, has released a free GCSE citizenship studies session plan for KS4 pupils exploring LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights.

The free, ready-to-go resource invites pupils to discuss a topical issue in current society which is relevant to the LGBT+ community, with the aim of developing their discussion and debating skills.

The session plan also highlights the importance of how LGBT+ pupils need allyship in school, even if they are not out to others, and that pupils should be made aware of this when it comes to their discussions.

How to download this GCSE citizenship studies lesson plan and more:

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.