LGBT+ Training and Accreditation


Rainbow Flag Award

Support U is proud to be delivering The Rainbow Flag Award to schools and colleges in The Thames Valley.


The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for primary schools, secondary schools, SEND schools and colleges. The award focuses 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 LGBTphobic* bullying. 


Committing your school or college to the Rainbow Flag Award is a commitment to improve the lives of all the young people that you work with, including those that are LGBT+, those from LGBT+ families, and LGBT+ staff members. 

How does it work?

Through a year-long process of self-assessment and ongoing monitoring and feedback, schools and colleges have access to a variety of training, resources and interventions, helping them meet set standards in each of the following areas: 

Next Session - Sept 2022

What does it cost and what is the commitment?

£495.00 + vat per school

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 Rainbow Flag Award Classroom’ – LGBT+ inclusive lessons in all curriculum areas 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 positive LGBT+ inclusion in schools/colleges, and to be effective in tackling LGBTphobic bullying;
  •   – The Ofsted requirement for them to be teaching positively about LGBT+ lives; 
  •   – The requirements of the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum in secondary schools, and Relationships Education in primary schools; 
  •   – Their moral requirement to meet the needs of all students, including those that are LGBT+. 

For more information about participating in The Rainbow Flag Award, please contact us through our page or call us on 0118 321 9111 

Next Session - Sept 2022

*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?


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