What is the Rainbow Flag Award?
The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for all schools and youth organisations, focusing on positive LGBT+ inclusion and visibility. The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole organisation approach to LGBT+ inclusion through a process of action and reflection.
The rainbow flag award encourages us as a school to look at our policies and practices to ensure we are providing the best support for our pupils who belong to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer community.
Why are we participating in the Rainbow Flag Award?
As part of our commitment to minimise discrimination and inequality between our pupils we are delivering the Rainbow Flag Award across the school. The Rainbow Flag award supports school staff, parents and carers, children and young people to support and acknowledge pupils in the LGBTQ+ community.
In relation to the Sea View Trust equality policy “the Trust aims to advance equality of opportunity by: Removing or minimising disadvantages suffered by people that are connected to a particular
characteristic they have (e.g. pupils with disabilities, or gay pupils who are being subjected to homophobic bullying).”
The goal at the end of the rainbow flag training is to have a fully inclusive and understanding school with an accepting ethos that will help support and educate pupils in relation to their gender identity.
How will this affect school life?
The rainbow flag award will be implemented throughout the school in a way that suits the needs of each key stage.
As part of PSHE and the wider curriculum children will learn about being inclusive and accepting of others regardless of differences. The rainbow flag award will support this learning to encourage our pupils to become responsible citizens, successful learners and resilient individuals. Supporting children to accept and understand differences between themselves and their peers will minimise homophobic and transphobic bullying within the school.