Rainbow Flag Award
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 Bredbury St Marks to become recognised as LGBT+ inclusive.
We have already made great progress towards this, and have recently been awarded our first badge.
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.
What has changed about Relationships and Sex Education?
In April 2019, with overwhelming support, parliament passed the new regulations for teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in England. Since September 2020, all primary schools in England have been required to teach Relationships Education (RE).
For primary schools, the guidance says that:
- Relationships Education must be taught in all schools in England
- All schools should teach about different families (which can include LGBTQ+ parents), along with families headed by grandparents, single parents, adoptive parents, and foster parents/carers, among other family structures
- Schools need to make sure that the needs of all pupils are appropriately met
- All pupils need to understand the importance of equality and respect
- Schools must ensure they comply with the relevant provisions of the Equality Act 2010, which name sexual orientation and gender reassignment as protected characteristics.
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 Mrs Quinn, our Pastoral Lead.
Below are some resources that you might find useful:
- The Proud Trust Website- https://www.theproudtrust.org/
- The Proud Trust Young People Page- https://www.theproudtrust.org/young-people/
- The Proud Trust- Trusted Adults page- https://www.theproudtrust.org/trusted-adults/
- The Proud Trust Youth Group finder to search for local groups in your area- https://www.theproudtrust.org/young-people/youth-groups/
- Proud Connections- A digital one-to-one support service for LGBT+ young people and the adults supporting them- https://www.theproudtrust.org/proud-connections/