Rainbow Flag Award


The Kite Trust has come together with partner organisations (The Proud Trust in Manchester, Allsorts in Sussex and DISC in the North East) to run a project under the Government Equalities Office, via the Department for Education. Titled the Rainbow Flag Award, it enables schools to effectively combat and prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying.

The Rainbow Flag Award will encourage a whole school approach in order to help tackle HBT bullying and promote LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) inclusion, focusing on the following areas:

Skilled teachers

Supportive governors and parents

Effective policies

Inclusive curriculum

Pastoral support

Pupil voice

Both primary and secondary schools are taking part in this pioneering new project. Two hundred schools that are successful in the initial application process will receive free LGBT inclusion training, which will subsequently lead them to gaining the “Skilled Teacher” red section of the award.

Following initial LGBT inclusion training, a self-assessment will be completed and one hundred schools will then go forward to gain the full award which is a bespoke package of work for each school to feel confident tackling inequalities around sexuality and gender.

Schools that complete the Rainbow Flag Award will have done so with up to £1400 of free training, resources and initiatives.

Schools that take part in this project will have help to meet:

  • Their legal requirement to ensure LGBT inclusion in schools;
  • The Ofsted requirement for them to be effective in tackling HBT bullying;
  • Their moral requirement to meet the needs of LGBT young people, given the wealth of evidence showing that LGBT young people are still disproportionately affected by mental health issues and teen suicide.

We are not currently accepting any new applications to the Rainbow Flag Award. Instead, please see what else we can do to support your school.

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