Free KS3 science lessons on diversity and LGBT+ people in STEM

by Just Like Us
October 2022

A photo of two KS3 science lessons

Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, has released two free KS3 science lessons, which are both LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) inclusive.

The free, ready-to-go resources include one lesson plan exploring LGBT+ people in STEM, including Alan Turing, Sally le Page, and Lisa Harvey-Smith.

Another lesson plan will give pupils an understanding of LGBT+ diversity in the science world, and how LGBT+ scientists have made key contributions throughout history.

The aims are for pupils to learn about LGBT+ figureheads in the field of science; to increase their understanding of LGBT+ diversity; and to see how science can be used for social good.

How to download these free KS3 science lessons 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.