The Rainbow Flag Award was one of 6 initiatives commissioned by the Government Equalities Office (then part of the Department for Education) in 2018 to support its anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying project. The Rainbow Flag Award involves a commitment from schools to improve the lives of all the young people that they work with, including LGBT+ young people in their care, those from LGBT+ families, and LGBT+ staff members. .
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: