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New Cohort – January 2021

The Kite Trust is launching a new cohort of the Rainbow Flag Award in January 2021!

We are pleased to offer primary, special, secondary schools and colleges in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and the East of England the opportunity to join our new cohort to undertake this Department for Education-endorsed award.

What is The Rainbow Flag Award?

The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for all schools and colleges, with a focus on LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, plus other related identities) inclusion and visibility. The Rainbow Flag Award takes a holistic, organisation-centred approach to LGBTQ+ inclusion, as well as developing strategies to combat LGBTphobic* bullying. 

The Kite Trust has been working with our partner organisations Allsorts Youth Project, Humankind and The Proud Trust since 2016 to deliver this exciting initiative, originally funded by the Government Equalities Office. Schools and colleges nationwide have been participating, with The Kite Trust delivering the award in the East of England.

Schools and colleges that sign up for The Rainbow Flag Award are committing to making a sustainable improvement in their ethos, policies and practices with regard to LGBTQ+ inclusion and visibility. It will impact positively on the lives and experiences of their whole school/college community as well as their LGBTQ+ children, young people, families, staff and governors.

How does it work?

Participating schools and colleges work towards completing the award through a year-long process** of self-assessment with ongoing support, monitoring and feedback from The Kite Trust, to meet set standards in six areas of school/college life:

Skilled teachers

Supportive governors and parents

Effective policies

Inclusive curriculum

Pastoral support

Pupil voice

What does it cost and what is the commitment?

2021 offer: £495

This is for a one-year membership during which you will be supported to complete the award. You will then hold the award for an additional two years before you’ll be invited to renew it. Support includes:

  • Two places (one for a member of your Senior Leadership Team) on our initial training course: ‘Including LGBTQ+ Pupils and Challenging LGBTQ+phobic Bullying in Schools’. Attendance on this course will support you to undertake the award as a whole and specifically to achieve the ‘Skilled Teacher’ section of the award.
  • Access to the Members’ Area of the Rainbow Flag Award website where you can access your Rainbow Flag Award Welcome Pack containing The Rainbow Flag Award Handbook (phase-specific) and ‘Creating LGBT+Inclusive Policies for Schools and Colleges – A Guide’***
  • Access to three evidence reviews during the year, where you will receive detailed and constructive feedback on evidence you submit for each of the six Rainbow Flag sections.
  • Access to ‘The Classroom’ resources which include example LGBTQ+ inclusive lessons across the curriculum for key stages 1 to 4.
  • Ongoing advice and support via telephone and/or email from The Kite Trust during the year.
  • 20% off the cost of any additional training, services and resources from The Kite Trust.  Click here for details of our schools packages.
  • 20% off the cost of resources produced by our Rainbow Flag partner organisations.

What are the benefits?

Schools and colleges that take part in the Rainbow Flag Award will be supported to meet:

  • Their legal requirements to ensure LGBTQ+ inclusion in schools/colleges;
  • The Ofsted requirement for them to be effective in tackling LGBTQ+phobic/ HBT bullying;
  • The requirements of the 2020 Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum in secondary schools and Relationships Education in primary;
  • Their moral requirement to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ young people, given the wealth of evidence showing that LGBTQ+ young people are still disproportionately affected by mental health issues and suicide ideation and attempts.

For more information or to inquire about participating in The Rainbow Flag Award, please email Rainbowflagaward@thekitetrust.org.uk or call us on 01233 369508.

*The term “LGBTphobic” is used purposefully, to ensure that the experiences of all LGBTQ+ people are represented. The term “HBT bullying” (homophobic, biphobic and transphobic) may also be heard.

**The process of achieving the award is designed to take one academic year.  We will discuss amendments to the timeframe for completing the award on a case-by-case basis, taking account of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

*** Written by former Ofsted HMI Janet Palmer

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