LGBT+ inclusion - Rainbow Flag Award
Our work towards the Rainbow Flag award
Since September 2018, Wincham Community Primary School has been working towards achieving the Rainbow Flag Award from The Proud Trust to mark our commitment to pupils, parents and staff who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) and for families with LGBT+ members.
We have currently been awarded 4 out of the 6 strands of the Rainbow Flag Award.
The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for all schools and colleges. It focuses on LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities) inclusion and visibility.
Through a process of self-assessment and ongoing monitoring and feedback, we determine how well we are providing safe and supportive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) students and for families with LGBT+ members.
The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole school approach to LGBT+ inclusion by developing a curriculum that prepares our children for life in the 21st century as well as developing strategies to combat Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) bullying.
Support in school
There is a range of support available in school, and beyond school.
Pupils or parents can speak to any member of staff about LGBT+ issues and how they affect the children at school. The staff member may refer the child or parent to Mr Boot (Headteacher & Safeguarding Lead), Mrs Davis (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Miss Harvey (Rainbow Flag/ PHSE lead). Conversation with children will always be shared with parents (unless it is not safe to do so, in line with our Safeguarding Policy & Procedures)
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 training and events, campaigns, undertaking research and creating resources.
Information about trans issues can be found at the Mermaids Uk website. Mermaids is passionate about supporting children, young people, and their families to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity. We work to raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people amongst professionals and the general public. We campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in young people and call for improvements in professional services.