We are thrilled to share a momentous achievement in our ongoing commitment to inclusivity and acceptance. CHS South has not only met but excelled in the first standard, 'Skilled Teachers,' of the prestigious Rainbow Flag Award. This national framework serves as a benchmark for schools and youth-cantered organisations, assessing their dedication to fostering positive LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and other related identities) inclusion and visibility.
Our entire staff body has enthusiastically participated in comprehensive training sessions, arming themselves with the tools to identify and proactively address instances of LGBTphobia. This education has empowered our team to communicate with empathy, using language that not only respects but celebrates the diversity of LGBT+ identities.
As we stand on the brink of this significant accomplishment, we eagerly anticipate the next phase of our transformative journey. This milestone signifies an unwavering commitment to creating an environment where every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, feels valued, respected, and truly seen.
With immense pride, we look forward to the upcoming steps in our Rainbow Flag Award endeavour, understanding that each stride brings us closer to a more inclusive and harmonious community for all. This achievement is a testament to the dedication and passion of our entire CHS South family. Together, we persist in our pursuit of excellence in building a nurturing and accepting educational environment.
Standard 1: Skilled Teachers
For this standard, we have conducted two comprehensive staff training sessions focusing on LGBT+ identities and inclusivity. Staff members have pledged their support through a commitment to recognising and challenging LGBTphobia within our school community.
Standard 2: Supportive Governors & Parents/Carers (To be completed by end of Jan)
Governors, parents and carers will show understanding and support for combatting LGBTphobia through positive education and representation. Information and support materials are shared here on our website, and parents/carers of LGBT+ students express their endorsement of our school's commitment to inclusion.
Standard 3: Effective Policies (To be completed by end of Jan)
Effective policies will be implemented to address LGBTphobia and actively support whole-organisation LGBT+ inclusion.
Standard 4: Inclusive Curriculum (To be completed by May)
LGBT+ people and identities will be positively represented across all areas of the curriculum, including inclusive lessons and activities.
Standard 5: Pastoral Support (To be completed by May)
Children and young people wishing to explore or express their gender and/or sexuality will receive support from skilled staff, including signposting and referrals to appropriate local youth work services.
Standard 6: Student Voice (To be completed by May)
Student-led initiatives will be valued and supported to create an LGBT+ inclusive and positive environment.
Proud Trust website: https://www.theproudtrust.org/
Rainbow Flag Award website: https://www.rainbowflagaward.co.uk/