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 LGBT+, (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities), inclusion and visibility.
The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole organisation approach to LGBT+ inclusion, as well as developing strategies to effectively challenge and combat LGBTphobic bullying.
We are committed to improving the lives of all young people, as well as the LGBT+ young people at our school, those from LGBT+ families, and LGBT+ staff members. We are striving for Caldershaw to become recognised as LGBT+ inclusive.
What is LGBTQ-inclusive education and why does it matter?
Every young person deserves to see themselves, their family, and the full diversity of our world reflected in their curriculum. This includes teaching about LGBTQ+ identities and issues. While we’ve made huge strides towards LGBTQ+ equality in recent decades, anti-LGBT bullying and language unfortunately still happens in Britain's schools. Nearly half of all LGBT pupils still face bullying for being who they are – and in order to change, it’s essential to deliver a curriculum that encourages all children and young people to respect those around them and appreciate difference.
At Caldershaw we are working towards the first aspect of the Rainbow Award, which is Skilled Teacher. We will continue to work towards the other aspects over the coming months. As always, school are always available to support both parents and children. If you wish to discuss anything, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or alternatively Miss Swift or Mrs Scott who are leading the Rainbow Flag Award.
How do we achieve the award?
The award focuses on the six key areas below:
Who else can I talk to?
In addition, extra advice can be sought from The Proud Trust. about LGBT+ issues.
The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves and their communities. They do this through youth groups, peer support, managing the LGBT Centre for Manchester, delivering of campaigns, undertaking research and creating resources.
The children across school have worked on different aspects of our LGBTQ+ curriculum. Here is just a little of what we have done.