LGBT+ inclusive reading list for KS3, KS4 and KS5, from Alice Oseman to Virginia Woolf

by Just Like Us
September 2023

A screenshot of the secondary reading list for KS3 KS4 and KS5. It is colourful, and features the Just Like Us logo at the top.

Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, has released a new LGBT+ inclusive reading list for secondary schools, including reading books for KS3, KS4 and KS5.

The secondary LGBT+ reading list includes 65 books, with key stage recommendations from KS3 to KS5.

Reading books include Heartstopper by Alice Oseman for KS3, Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender for KS4 and Orlando by Virginia Woolf for KS5.

A screenshot of the secondary reading list for KS3 KS4 and KS5

How to download the LGBT+ inclusive reading list for KS3, KS4 and KS5:

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 100 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.

More than 6,000 UK schools are signed up to take part in School Diversity Week. Signing up means you will get free access to LGBT+ inclusive resources across all key stages and key subjects.

Why celebrate School Diversity Week?

Independent research has found that when LGBT+ young people grow up in supportive, inclusive environments at home and at school, this results in hugely positive outcomes into young adulthood.

Research has also shown that positive messaging about being LGBT+ in schools improves the wellbeing of all pupils, whether or not they are LGBT+.

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.