Rainbow Flag Award

Here in at The Beacon, we achieved the Rainbow Flag Award in January 2024 following recognition of our inclusive practice across school.

Children at The Beacon will continue to learn about different relationships, families and about LGBT+.


What is it?

The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for primary schools, secondary schools, SEND schools and colleges.  The award focusses on positive LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans plus other related identities), inclusion and visibility.

The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole organisation approach to LGBT+ inclusion, as well as developing strategies to effectively challenge and combat LGBT+phobic bullying.

We have acheived our award but our journey has not finished! Here at the Beacon we are committed to all aspects of equality and diversity and we are really enjoying embedding equality for ALL students throughout our curriculum. We strive to continue to be an accepting and welcome school for all members of the LGBT community and stand proudly as a school alongside our friends, colleagues and community. 

To gain the Rainbow Flag award there were 6 different sections we were required to achieve: Skilled TeacherSupportive Governors and ParentsEffective PoliciesPastoral SupportInclusive curriculum and Student Voice.

As a Church of England school is important that we are developing an accepting and diverse culture amongst children - Valuing all God's children. - We are all built in God's image regardless of our race, gender, sexuality etc.

Following the Rainbow Flag Award has allowed us to support our children by:

  • Provide awareness that people live their lives in different ways.
  • Acknowledging that it is usual to have families of different dynamics.
  • An open conversation that acknowledges that it is usual to be straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.
  • Having an awareness that if we use these terms in a negative way, it can hurt people’s feelings.
  • Avoiding the prejudiced use of stereotypes.
  • Confidence / reassurance to be who they want to be.
  • Eliminating the concious bias in our minds that reject differences.

Our School will continue to:

  • Empower the children to feel safe in our school community and feel they have respect.
  • Give children somebody to talk too and open up to when they feel necessary. 
  • If a child wished to talk, then as we are a primary school, we will ensure that the child knew that they didn’t have to label themselves now, that there is no pressure unless they wish to use a label and let them know that they may change how they feel and the label they give themselves throughout their lives – having a label is a choice.
  • As we continue to improve the visibility of LGBT, this will allow our students to be accepted as part of our diverse world then the children will grow up to be respectful and inclusive of all those around them in their communities.
  • School policies will adopt an inclusive approach to all minority groups and continue to adapt as times changes.

For further details, please go to https://www.rainbowflagaward.co.uk/

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