Rainbow Flag Award

At St John's C.E. Primary School we are working towards ‘The Rainbow Flag Award'

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The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for primary and secondary schools.  We have chosen to take part in the award in order to promote inclusion in its widest sense and forms part of an approach designed to challenge and prevent amongst other things, LGBTQ+ phobia.  We also believe the key messages of tolerance, acceptanace and respect, reinforce and align positively with our school vision and values and are vital skills in the wider world.

How is the award structured?

The award covers 6 key areas which we will be evidencing throughout the school year:


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The 6 key areas require us to demonstrate that:

  • Staff, including senior leadership teams and non-teaching staff, can recognise and consistently challenge and report LGBT phobia, and are confidently using positive and appropriate language around LGBT+ identities.
  • Governors and parents understand the need to combat LGBT phobia and positively support whole organisation LGBT+ inclusion.
  • Policies are in place to address LGBT phobia and positively support whole school organisation of LGBT+ inclusivity
  • LGBT+ people and identities are positively represented across all areas of the curriculum.  This includes lessons and activities that are LGBT+ inclusive, as well as those that are LGBT+ 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 signposting and referrals to appropriate local youth work services.
  • Student-led initiatives are valued and supported to create an LGBT+ inclusive and positive environment.


Where we are up to?

We are very pleased that we have been successful in achieving the first four stages of the award 'Skilled Teacher', 'Pastoral Support', 'Inclusive Curriculum' and 'Supportive Parents and Governors.' 

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We thank everybody for their support and input in acheiveing the first two stages.  We are currently ensuring that key school policies align with the recommendations of the Effective Policies strand and that all school policies do not inadvertently discriminate against any member of the school community on the basis of one of the nine protected characterisitcs as outlined in the Equality Act 2010.

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