LGBT+ Training and Accreditation


Rainbow Flag Awards
The whole school approach

We are pleased to offer every school in the Thames Valley a chance to really make their school LGBT+ inclusive. With the resources and the support of The Rainbow Flag accreditation scheme, you can drive awareness, build specialist knowledge within your school and address LGBT+phobia bullying through one simple process 

How does it work?

Participating schools and colleges work towards completing the award through a year-long process** of self-assessment with ongoing support, monitoring and feedback from Support U, to meet set standards in six areas of school/college life: 

    • – Skilled Teacher 
    • – Supportive Governors and Parents 
    • – Effective Policies 
    • – Inclusive Curriculum 
    • – Pastoral Support 
    • – Pupil Voice 

Over the year we will guide you and help you create an inclusive environment that is right for your school. Support U is the valued training partner for the Rainbow Flag Awards, the national scheme to build awareness within the education sector across the UK. 

Which education establishments can we help?

We can help with Primary, Secondary, SEND and Colleges. 

How much does it cost?

We have an honest and transparent fee structure in line with all other training partners across the scheme. The cost is £495+VAT for which we will complete the initial setup, training and resources you need to get started on your journey of change. We expect sessions to be in high demand, so ahead of releasing our onboarding dates we are excepting pre-sign expressions of interest using the button below. 

By promoting it now, we hope that you will be able to get the budget you need to attend our training, starting in September 2021. 

What is included?

The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for all schools and colleges, with a focus on LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, plus other related identities) inclusion and visibility. The Rainbow Flag Award takes a holistic, organisation-centred approach to LGBTQ+ inclusion, as well as developing strategies to combat LGBT+phobic* bullying. 

This is for a one-year membership during which you will be supported to complete the award. You will then hold the award for an additional two years before you’ll be invited to renew it. Support includes: 

    • – Two places (one for a member of your Senior Leadership Team) on our initial training course: ‘Including LGBTQ+ Pupils and Challenging LGBTQ+phobic Bullying in Schools’. Attendance on this course will support you to undertake the award as a whole and specifically to achieve the ‘Skilled Teacher’ section of the award. 
    • – Access to the Members’ Area of the Rainbow Flag Award website where you can access your Rainbow Flag Award Welcome Pack containing The Rainbow Flag Award Handbook (phase-specific) and ‘Creating LGBT+Inclusive Policies for Schools and Colleges – A Guide’*** 
    • – Access to three evidence reviews during the year, where you will receive detailed and constructive feedback on evidence you submit for each of the six Rainbow Flag sections. 
    • – Access to ‘The Classroom’ resources which include example LGBTQ+ inclusive lessons across the curriculum for key stages 1 to 4. 
    • – Ongoing advice and support via telephone and/or email from Support U during the year. 
    • – 20% off the cost of any additional training, services and resources from Support U
    • – 20% off the cost of resources produced by our Rainbow Flag partner organisations. 

What are the benefits?

Schools and colleges that take part in the Rainbow Flag Award will be supported to meet: 

    • – Their legal requirements to ensure LGBTQ+ inclusion in schools/colleges; 
    • – The Ofsted requirement for them to be effective in tackling LGBTQ+phobic/ HBT bullying; 
    • – The requirements of the 2020 Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum in secondary schools and Relationships Education in primary; 
    • – Their moral requirement to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ young people, given the wealth of evidence showing that LGBTQ+ young people are still disproportionately affected by mental health issues and suicide ideation and attempts. 

*The term “LGBTphobic” is used purposefully, to ensure that the experiences of all LGBTQ+ people are represented. The term “HBT bullying” (homophobic, biphobic and transphobic) may also be heard. 

**The process of achieving the award is designed to take one academic year.  We will discuss amendments to the timeframe for completing the award on a case-by-case basis, taking account of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

*** Written by former Ofsted HMI Janet Palmer 

Did you know?


Support U regularly receives 5 star ratings in feedback surveys

We can deliver onsite, offsite and at our premises in Reading.

Our education programme is just £495+VAT per school

We have worked with over 50 schools in the Thames Valley!

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