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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 groupspeer 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 Young Minds website This includes advice about how to help your child.  The most important guidance they offer is: 

"Your acceptance and support is vital for your child if they are confused about, or coming to terms with their gender-identity. Fear of negative judgement and rejection can be huge obstacles in your child seeking support."

There are links on the Young Minds website to a range of places that offer support to trans individuals.  Some of these services are not necessarily suitable for primary aged children, and the information linked is there as wider supporting material for parents.

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