KS3 music resources: Free LGBT+ lesson plans

by Just Like Us
October 2022

A photo of KS3 music resources

Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, has released a series of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) inclusive KS3 music resources.

The free, ready-to-go resources include three lesson plans.

One gives pupils a one-hour whistlestop tour of the history of LGBT+ music, from Tchaikovsky to Tracy Chapman.

In another lesson, pupils will be shown some famous diversity anthems, such as Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, before being challenged to write their own version.

The third lesson challenges pupils to write their own protest song in response to the Stonewall riots, with the chance to perform this in front of the class.

Photos of the Stonewall Inn in New York
The KS3 music resources include the chance for pupils to create their own protest song.

How to download these free KS3 music resources 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.