What is the Rainbow Flag Award?
The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for primary schools, secondary schools, SEND schools and colleges. The award focuses on positive LGBTQ+, (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities), inclusion and visibility.
The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole organisation approach to LGBTQ+ inclusion, as well as developing strategies to effectively challenge and combat LGBTQphobic bullying.
Committing Hampton College Primary to the Rainbow Flag Award is a commitment to improve the lives of all the young people that we work with, including those who identify as LGBTQ+, those from LGBTQ+ families, and LGBTQ+ staff members.
How does it work?
Through a year-long process of self-assessment and ongoing monitoring and feedback, schools and colleges have access to a variety of training, resources, and interventions, helping them meet set standards in each of the following areas:
Staff, including Senior Leadership Teams and non-teaching staff, can recognise and consistently challenge and report LGBTQphobia, and are confidently using positive and appropriate language around LGBTQ+ identities.
Governors and parents understand the need to combat LGBTQphobia through positive education and representation, and know where to go for information, and if needed, support.
Effective policies are in place to address LGBTQphobia and positively support whole-organisation LGBTQ+ inclusion.
LGBTQ+ people and identities are positively represented across all areas of the curriculum. This includes lessons and activities that are LGBTQ+ inclusive, as well as those that are LGBTQ+ specific.
Children and young people wishing to explore/express their gender and/or sexuality feel supported to do so. Skilled staff from within the organisation support them, including through signposting and referrals to appropriate local youth work services.
Student-led initiatives are valued and supported to create an LGBTQ+ inclusive and positive environment.
If you feel you or your family need support in this area, or have any questions, the following national support services are available:
Gendered Intelligence - Gendered Intelligence, established in 2008, is a registered charity that exists to increase understandings of gender diversity and improve trans people's quality of life.
NSPCC – The NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.
The Proud Trust – The Proud Trust is a charity providing education, support and advocacy for LGBT+ young people and their communities.
Switchboard – Switchboard is a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being.
Childline – Childline is a free service for children and young people - here whenever they need support or advice.
There are also a number of local resources available, such as:
The Kite Trust – The Kite Trust supports the wellbeing and creativity of LGBTQ+ young people in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and surrounding areas through information, support and groups. They build inclusive communities to tackle inequalities through consultancy, training and education.
CPSL Mind - CPSL Mind's fresh approach to community based wellbeing support for adults is focused on individual strengths and skills, encouraging peer support and community connectivity. It is not strictly LGBT+ but they are able to support in many ways.
Centre 33 – Free, confidential support for young people up to the age of 25.
Full Scope - Fullscope is a consortium of leading organisations supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Why not speak to your child's class teacher about the selection of high quality inclusive LGBTQ+ texts we have in our school libraries.