The LGBT+ History Month 2023 #BehindTheLens celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to cinema and film from behind the lens.

Directors, cinematographers, screen writers, producers, animators, costume designers, special effects, make up artists, lighting directors, musicians, choreographers and beyond. At a time when LGBT+ lives are in the media we also encourage you to look ‘Behind the Lens’ and listen to LGBT+ peoples’ lived experiences.

Claiming our past – Celebrating our present – Creating our future


Schools OUT UK are proud of working with The Proud Trust to spread Schools OUT UK concepts of usualing, actualising and realising.

The Rainbow Flag Award partner organisations are thrilled to have the blessing of Sue Sanders and Schools OUT UK, to offer a complementary website to The Classroom, by developing and building on their great work, and offering you LGBT+ inclusive and LGBT+ specific lessons here.

Both the partnership with The Proud Trust and Comic relief will enable teachers to easily access resource to ensure an inclusive education for all.



Teaching the Equality Act in Primary Schools


Preparing Young Children for Life in Modern Britain

By Andrew Moffat

Given the controversy over Andrew’s work in Parkview School I thought it was wise for Schools OUT UK to review his books and explore his work. Andrew and I have known each other for many years as I was a consultant on the original No Outsiders project started by Dr. Elizabeth Atkins in 2006.

Andrew has drawn heavily on their original project that was aimed solely at challenging homophobia and widened it to, as we say in Schools OUT UK, educate out prejudice, and has designed the project to enable his students and parents to consider all the protected characteristics:

· age

· gender reassignment

· being married or in a civil partnership · being pregnant or on maternity leave · disability

· race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin

· religion or belief

· sex and

· sexual orientation.


Curriculum Subject Area Identities for Teaching Resources

These posters were produced by Kit Heyam of York LGBT History Month in response to requests from schools in York for resources to help make LGBT history visible in the curriculum.

Support was provided by Schools OUT UK and copyright advice by Simmons & Simmons.

To view and download the posters, click here (opens in new window)





The Classroom is an accessible space for teachers to locate a range of resources to make Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans people visible in education. We believe that to eradicate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, the lives and contributions of LGBT people need to be visible throughout education. This can be done by delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.

We passionately believe in celebrating diversity. We therefore present a simple but effective method to enable you to be an inclusive practitioner and promoter of equality and diversity.


The Classroom aims to:

  1. Provide new and user-friendly ways of challenging homo/bi/transphobia across curriculum.
  2. Link to a wide range of resources, lessons, toolkits and guidance that offer alternate solutions.
  3. Provide subject specific resources, to enable the teaching and learning.
  4. Detail a user-friendly method that underpins our work.

Our teaching methods of ‘usualising’ and ‘actualising’ enable any subject teacher the opportunity to do this. We do not advocate the inclusion of LGBT content where it appears forced, at odds with the lesson narrative, or incompatible with the learning objectives. Our methods have been designed with this in mind.

This is truly a unique and exciting project which aims to provide a professionally accredited approach to equalities work in education. You are being invited to contribute to this ground breaking work.

Officially endorsed by: The National Union of Teachers; The Association of Teachers and Lecturers; The National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers; The National Association of Head Teachers; and The Trades Union Congress



With Support from:

The Training and Development Agency