NEW FREE EDI CLASSROOM RESOURCES: The Diversity Role Models Upstander Animation Series


At Diversity Role Models we understand the importance of building young people’s confidence to be inclusive, compassionate ‘allies against unkindness’, which is why we developed the Upstander Animation Series – A selection of animated videos designed to be used by Primary School teachers and educators in classrooms. The Upstander Animation Series serves as a dynamic and creative resource, co-created with educators and experts, fostering impactful discussions in both classrooms and home environments.

Pause, Rethink, Rewind, Be Kind

Prompting young people to ‘Pause, Rethink, Rewind, Be Kind’, each animated short video comes with an accompanying resource pack, filled with top tips and exciting lesson ideas to encourage young viewers to be an ‘ally against unkindness.’

We recommend teachers speak to their SLT or PSHE lead to discuss how these resources fit into a whole school approach to anti-bullying, RSHE and engaging the wider school community on promoting inclusive school values.

The benefits of Diversity Role Models FREE Upstander Animations videos and resources

  • Compelling Narratives: Our videos depersonalise sensitive topics, enabling students to empathise without feeling under scrutiny or defensive.
  • Proven Impact: Grounded in scientific research, narrative videos are known to cultivate empathy, reduce prejudice, and inspire positive behaviour.
  • Educational Integration: Aligned with PSHE and RSHE relationship education themes, addressing respect, understanding differences, and dismantling stereotypes.


Watch the Upstander Animation Video Series:

Year 1 & 2: A Normal Family

Being an upstander against unkindness towards different families.


Stream the short animated video ‘A Normal Family?’ directly to your classroom here

Download the accompanying lesson plan and classroom resources here


Year 3 & 4: When I Grow Up

Being an upstander against gender stereotypes.


Stream the short animated video ‘When I Grow Up’ directly to your classroom here

Download the accompanying lesson plan and classroom resources here


Year 5 & 6: What Do You Think?

Being an upstander against LGBTQ+ prejudice


Stream the short animated video ‘What Do You Think? directly to your classroom here

Download the accompanying lesson plan and classroom resources here


Additional FREE EDI education resources for teachers

Find Role Model Stories on Vimeo: In addition to our Upstander Animation Series videos on Vimeo, we also have an extensive library of Role Model stories to download or stream directly from Vimeo. Embark on a journey toward a more inclusive and empathetic classroom with LGBTQ+ people and allies from all walks of life, talking about their lived experience.

Access Classroom Resources: Enhance the learning experience by downloading complementary resources for all Diversity Role Model videos. Encourage bold, positive conversations that embrace diversity and promote compassion and inclusion. We also have additional seasonal classroom resources available on request. Contact us here and get the latest free resources to support LGBTQ+ inclusion in classrooms.

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