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Supporting schools to meet best practice standards for LGBT+ inclusion

Intercom Trust is proud to be delivering The Rainbow Flag Award to schools and colleges in Devon and Cornwall.

What is the Rainbow Flag Award?

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:


Skilled Teachers

Skilled Teacher

Staff, including Senior Leadership Teams and non-teaching staff, can recognise and consistently challenge and report LGBTphobia, and are confidently using positive and appropriate language around LGBT+ identities.

Supportive Governors & Parents

Supportive Governors & Parents

Governors and parents understand the need to combat LGBTphobia through positive education and representation, and know where to go for information, and if needed, support.

Effective Policies

Effective Policies

Effective policies are in place to address LGBTphobia and positively support whole-organisation LGBT+ inclusion.

Inclusive Curriculum

Inclusive Curriculum

LGBT+ people and identities are positively represented across all areas of the curriculum. This includes lessons and activities that are LGBT+ inclusive, as well as those that are LGBT+ specific.

Pastoral Support

Pastoral Support

Children and young people wishing to explore/express their gender and/or sexuality feel supported to do so. Skilled staff from within the organisation support them, including through signposting and referrals to appropriate local youth work services.

Student Voice

Student Voice

Student-led initiatives are valued and supported to create an LGBT+ inclusive and positive environment.

What does it cost and what is the commitment?


£795 Primary Schools and SEND schools

£995 Secondary Schools

£1295 Independent Schools

All costs have an addition of 20% VAT

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 (at no extra cost) before being invited to renew it.

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What are the benefits?

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

Find out more

For more information about participating in The Rainbow Flag Award give our helpline a call.

9:00 - 4:00 pm (Mon to Fri)

Start the process by downloading the Rainbow Flag Award application form here.

Find out more by viewing our downloadable Rainbow Flag Award Flyer.

Local Support

While the Rainbow Flag Award is a national framework, delivery is by LGBT+ organisations working with LGBT+ communities in your local area. 

Intercom Trust has a 25 year history of working with LGBT+ people in Devon and Cornwall. This means that the content of any training will be up to date and relevant, with the needs and experiences of LGBT+ people from across Devon and Cornwall at the heart of delivery. 

Any monies generated from this scheme will help fund our vital work with LGBT+ people locally.

Not in Devon or Cornwall? Find your local Rainbow Flag Award delivery organisation here.