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How can the Rainbow Flag Award improve attendance and impact progress and attainment?

The 2018 National LGBT Survey conducted by the Government Equalities Office identified that there continues to be a lack of LGBT+ inclusion in schools and LGBTphobia continues to be ever present. Due to discrimination many LGBT+ students face in schools, the health and wellbeing of students who identify as LGBT+ is being put at risk. As a result, LGBT+ young people have lower than national average attendance and attainment, and higher levels of self-harm and suicide ideation.

The Department for Education found that pupils with no absence are 3.1 times more likely to achieve level 5 or above at KS2 compared to those who had an attendance of 90% and below, and 2.2 times more likely to achieve 5+ GCSEs 9-4 than those who had an attendance rate of 85% and below.

Public Health England has outlined the link between pupil health and wellbeing with attainment. Key points from this briefing included:

  • Pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically.
  • The culture, ethos and environment of a school influences the health and wellbeing of pupils and their readiness to learn.

Ensuring your LGBT+ students and staff feel safe, respected and included in your school community demonstrates a commitment to their wellbeing and so their attendance and progress.