How to celebrate Pride in the classroom


The history of Pride has been firmly rooted in the month of June for over 50 years. It creates an ideal opportunity for teachers and support staff alike to reflect on the momentous steps towards equality that have already taken place as well as highlight what still needs to be done.

Your role as a leader in the classroom is to educate your pupils on the important messages that the month brings to the forefront, whilst also creating a safe environment where students can talk about anything that they are going through.

History of Pride

The Stonewall Riots, that took place on 28th June 1969, are regarded as the catalyst that started the Pride movement, when the LGBTQ+ customers of New York City’s Stonewall Inn resisted police raids on their bar. What became apparent after the riots, was a general feeling of mistreatment towards LGBTQ+ community not only in New York but around the world. The first Pride march (at the time, The Gay Liberation March) took place at the Christopher Street Liberation Day, a year later, in New York and another the following year; the UK followed suit 2 years later in 1972, commemorating their first Pride event. From here, there have been numerous annual Pride events taking place throughout the month of June across the globe; a chance to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community but also protest their treatment and issues of inequality.

Celebrating Pride in the classroom

There are many ways to incorporate the history, key messages, and learnings that Pride has provided over the years into your lessons. Celebrating Pride in the classroom is a wonderful way to promote inclusivity, diversity, and acceptance. Here are a few ideas of engaging activities to help you create a supportive environment for all your students. We've catered the suggestions to match this year’s theme, which focuses on the significant contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals in medicine and healthcare.

Pride word search


To make learning about Pride even more engaging, we've created a downloadable and printable Pride-themed word search for your class. This fun activity helps students learn key terms and important figures related to Pride Month while enjoying a classic word search puzzle.


How to Use: Simply download and print the word search document for your students.


This activity can be a great way to introduce or reinforce discussions about Pride in a fun and interactive manner.

Create a kindness wall

A kindness wall is a wonderful way to promote positivity and support within your classroom. Set up a designated space where students can post positive messages, compliments, and words of encouragement. This will not only boosts morale but also reinforces the importance of acceptance and empathy.


Create a display to celebrate pride


To commemorate this years theme, set up a display in your school library or a common area to highlight the contributions of LGBTQ+ activists in the field of medicine and healthcare. Use colourful posters, images, and short biographies to inform and inspire your students. This display can educate students about important figures such as:


Dr. Rachel Levine, a prominent transgender health official in the US.

Dr. Ronx Ikharia, a non-binary emergency doctor and TV presenter in the UK.

Dr. Louise Banks, a notable advocate for LGBTQ+ healthcare.


Encourage students to add their own research and contributions to the display, making it a collaborative activity.


Dress up your door with Pride


Transform the inside of your classroom door into a colourful celebration of Pride. Use rainbow colours, personalised items, uplifting quotes, and pictures that showcase what your students are proud of. This can be turned into a fun competition among classes or year groups. Award a small prize for the most creative and inclusive door, fostering a sense of community and pride within your school.

Newspaper front cover


Your students could create a front cover of the newspaper for the day after the first Pride march as part of a history lesson. The newspaper cover could include the importance of the march and a retrospective of the hopes for the community in terms of equality. This will provide students with an opportunity to see what equality was like back then and what the community wanted.


Reading LGBTQ+ focused stories


Either as part of class reading or set as reading homework in English lessons, there are many LGBTQ+ books available that focus on LGBTQ+ family units for younger students or LGBTQ+ romance novels for secondary students. Reading these stories will provide an opportunity for further conversations in class about what the students have learnt, especially for secondary students, as it provides an opportunity to think about empathy and what the characters of the story may be feeling.


Celebrate prominent LGBTQ+ figures throughout history


From Alan Turing to Oscar Wilde, RuPaul to Anne Lister, there are many prominent and popular figures who have contributed to the LGBTQ+ community and helped accelerate the advancement of equality for the group. Ask your students to create a presentation to speak about their chosen figure’s life and work and how they have contributed to the advancement of the LGBTQ+ community.


These are just a few ideas of how you can incorporate Pride into your lessons, but there are many more options available, perhaps think about creating an LGBTQ+ forum for your school or tackling difficult topics such as bullying and discrimination in PSHE lessons.

Why Pride is important to Tradewind employees from Scott Mason-Grieshaber, Divisional Manager in Manchester, LGBTQ+ member

"Pride is so important at Tradewind as it allows us to celebrate and recognise the differences between our colleagues, clients and candidates. Together, we are in a unique position to be able to educate the adults of tomorrow about equality and acceptance and make a real difference in shaping the future of our societies and how we respect one another. Pride is a time to reflect on the struggles of those before us, who fought so hard to gain equity in our society and recognise how fortunate we are. It’s also a time to reflect on those LGBTQ+ individuals around the world who are still fighting for a life of freedom, especially at the moment when there seems to be a resurgence of homophobia and hostility towards trans groups, even in the UK. Pride is about celebration but also about visibility and acceptance. June is the perfect time to highlight this, but Pride is a constant."

Tradewind Recruitment’s commitment to Pride

Whilst June is a fantastic opportunity to speak about the themes of Pride within the workplace and with our schools, teachers, TAs and support staff, we believe that there should always be a focus on equality for the LGBTQ+ community. As market leaders and supporters of people, it’s time we stood up and represented:

  • The LGBTQ+ colleagues we work with and often call family
  • The LGBTQ+ candidates and clients we partner with and support  
  • The LGBTQ+ students and communities our work extends to and impacts every day