Rainbow Flag Award
In January 2023, we undertook the task of setting out to achieve The Rainbow Flag Award. As a school, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive environment that is welcoming to everyone from every walk of life and this is something that has been acknowledge through us achieving our School of Sanctuary status twice and being awarded The John Cole Award for Excellence in Equality and Inclusion. We felt an area of inclusion that we wanted to hone in on was LGBTQIA+ and setting out to achieve this award was something that we welcomed as a school. The aim of this award is to make sure our school has an approach to LGBT+ inclusion and to develop strategies to challenge and combat any LGBT+ phobic behaviours. We are committed to being involved in improving the lives of all the people that we work with, and this framework will help us to do this specifically for pupils who identify as LGBT+, those from LGBT+ families, and LGBT+ staff members in a skilful and knowledgeable way.
To achieve this award, we have to submit evidence to prove we are demonstrating skills in six standards expected in this framework, these are:
- Skilled Teachers - Achieved
- Supportive Parents and Governors - Achieved
- Effective Policies - Achieved
- Inclusive Curriculum
- Pastoral Support
- Student Voice
Our aim is to continue with the hard work we have put in place this year and to continue to build on the supportive environment we have begun to create for out LGBT+ pupils, families, and staff. We also want to ensure families that if your child is expressing any thoughts or feelings around being part of the LGBT+ community or they have questions that you are unsure how to answer, that we are here to help. We have staff who have training or experiences in this area, we have an array of texts that support learning and understanding in this area, and we have a curriculum that is built around inclusivity. We also have a PSHE libray with a rich and diverse range of texts suitable for different ages with a focus on LGBTQIA+ matters that we can share with the children or recommend to you.
We have also included some links and signposting to different websites, resources and organisations that may be of use to you simply to answer questions or even to support with more complex situations such as a child expressing a want or need to change gender/sex.
As always, please don’t feel like anything is off limits, we are here to help in anyway that we can if the below information is not suffice then please come to us and we will do our very best to support you.
- Young Person’s Advisory Service – Provide mental health and emotional wellbeing services for Liverpool children, young people (up to 25) and their families YPAS) - https://www.ypas.org.uk/
- Mermaids - Supporting trans, non-binary and gender-diverse children, young people and their families - https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/
- Liverpool CAMHS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are services that support young people experiencing poor mental health, or difficult feelings or experiences - https://www.liverpoolcamhs.com/need-advice/gender-identity/
- LGBT Foundation – A wide range of resources and information to support people and families with LGBT+ matters - https://lgbt.foundation/
- NHS Gender Dysphoria Information - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gender-dysphoria/#:~:text=Gender%20dysphoria%20is%20a%20term,harmful%20impact%20on%20daily%20life.