Committing your school or college to the Rainbow Flag Award is a commitment to improve the lives of all the young people that you work with, as well as the LGBT+ young people in your care, those from LGBT+ families, and LGBT+ staff members. Some schemes dictate to schools and colleges what they should do to become inclusive, but we believe all schools and colleges are different, and, with a bit of support, you are best placed to identify the areas you are good at and the areas you need support to improve on.
We will work with you to take a whole-organisational approach to LGBT+ inclusion, focusing on the following six areas:
What people say about the starter training for the Rainbow Flag Award:
"The difference we can make by focusing on achievable changes."
"Really enjoyed the training and made me think a lot about how I work going forward."
"We felt really confident to ask questions and get it wrong so we can get it right!"
Tahseen Ali, YR5 class teacher at Unsworth Primary, said:
“We are thrilled to have achieved the Rainbow Flag Award and are proud of our staff and children who have worked really hard on this project. Our children have a greater understanding of LGBT+ communities, but more importantly are confident in challenging LGBTphobic language and attitudes.”
Jonathan Hancock, Assistant Head Teacher at St Philip’s CE Primary in Atherton, said:
“We have really enjoyed being part of the Rainbow Flag Award. It has increased the levels of staff confidence immensely, and made our school a bolder and brighter place.”
Delivery partners for the Rainbow Flag Award are carefully selected LGBT+ youth organisations. This means that the initiative:
- has a focus on improving the lives of LGBT+ people
- applies a heritage of skills and expertise around LGBT+ identities from youth and community work practice
- uses facilitated learning, interactive tools, plus questioning and exploring techniques in the delivery of training and services
- supports the uniqueness of each school or college engaged with the programme, and encourages them to problem solve their own bespoke solutions, based on knowledge of their context and setting
- maintains grassroots connections to local youth and LGBT+ communities, helping to link schools and students with their local LGBT+ youth services
|Find out more about our partners here|
During the course of the pilot of the Rainbow Flag Award, some supporting resources were created by one of the delivery organisations —The Proud Trust — these gained our quality mark and can be accessed below: