At Parklands, we are working towards the Rainbow Flag Award. This is a national quality assurance framework for all schools and youth-centred organisations. 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 have committed or school to achieving the Rainbow Flag Award as a commitment to improve the lives of all of our school community, including young people who identify as LGBT+, those from LGBT+ families, and LGBT+ staff members.
We are working with The Proud Trust, a charity based in Manchester, in order to ensure that our work towards this award is effective and appropriate. The award consists of six sections: skilled teacher; supportive parents and governors; effective policies; inclusive curriculum; pastoral support; student voice.
We are delighted to say that we have achieved the first section of the award, which is the skilled teacher. We have successfully passed this section by evidencing that all of our staff have been trained in LGBTQ+ inclusion, that staff can confidently and consistently recognise and appropriately challenge LGBTQ+ phobia, supported by organisational systems for recording and reporting such incidents, and that staff are confidently using appropriate and positive terminology for LGBT+ people and identities.