The Rainbow Flag Award is a quality assurance framework for schools, primary and secondary. Through a process of self-assessment and ongoing monitoring and feedback, schools will determine how well they are providing safe and supportive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students, taking a whole school approach. In the Summer term 2017 Unsworth was one of 200 schools across the country who applied to work towards achieving “The Rainbow Flag Award.” After initial training and reflection, we were one of the 100 schools who were selected to be taken forward to receive training and support. As a school we have been developing our LGBT work over the last few years through accessing materials from Stonewall and The Proud Trust.
The award will focus on six key areas:
As a staff we have been working together to create resources and develop our approach during our two autumn PAD’s. We have been supported by the Proud Trust, who have helped us to think about different ways we can make LGBT awareness a part of our daily practice. Through our work, we aim to ensure that our children have the right language and feel confident to talk to each other, staff and their families. Our school motto of “Together We Build Understanding” is always at the heart of all we do and we feel passionately as a school that we have a moral duty to ensure that we promote equality for all, which is supported in law by the 2010 Equalities Act.