The Rainbow Flag Award

All Different, All Equal 


The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for all schools and colleges, which is renewed regularly. It focuses on LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities) inclusion and visibility.  


Through a process of self-assessment and ongoing monitoring and feedback, schools will determine how well they are providing safe and supportive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) students and for families with LGBT+ members. 


The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole school approach to LGBT+ inclusion by developing a curriculum that prepares our children for life in the 21st century as well as developing strategies to combat Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic (HBT) bullying. 


In the Summer Term 2017 Hartford Primary School was one of 200 schools across the country who applied to work towards achieving the Rainbow Flag Award. After initial training and reflection in November 2017, we were one of the 100 schools who were selected to be taken forward to receive training and support.


As a school we have been developing our LGBT+ work over the last few years through accessing materials from Stonewall and The Proud Trust . See Different Families, Same Love page for more details. Click here to download the Frequently Asked Questions document from The Proud Trust.   


Staff at Hartford Primary School are committed to making the most of training opportunities to ensure that we develop the best practice across the curriculum and throughout the school environment. We continue to work hard to ensure we maintain this status in and beyond 2021, building on our strengths as an inclusive school.


The award will focus on six key areas:

Red - Skilled Teachers

Orange - Supportive Governors and Parents 

Yellow - Effective Policies 

Green - Inclusive Curriculum 

Blue - Pastoral Support 

Violet - Pupil Voice 

Hartford staff have been working together to create resources and to develop our inclusive school environment. Through our work, we aim to ensure that our children feel confident to talk about their families, to each other, staff and to their families using the right language. Some examples of the documents we use can be found on the Different Families, Same Love page. 

We feel passionately that as a school we have a moral duty to ensure that we promote inclusion and equality for all, which is legally supported by The Equalities Act 2010 and Ofsted's document Eploring the school's actions to prevent and tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying. Please see below for the documents. 


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