College achieves Rainbow Flag Award for LGBT+ inclusion and visibility

18th November 2021

Solihull College & University Centre has been awarded the full Rainbow Flag Award for its LGBT+ inclusion work.

The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for educational providers. The award focuses on positive LGBT+ inclusion and visibility.

To achieve the award, the College had to provide evidence of work carried out in six different key areas: skilled teaching, supportive parents and governors, effective policies, inclusive curriculum, pastoral support and student voice.

Some examples of the College’s LGBT+ inclusion work have recently included PPD sessions and inclusive lessons, celebrations of LGBT+ events, staff training including the development of a digital training session, and pastoral support for LGBT+ students.

Will Pullen and Grace Wynne Willson at Solihull College
Will Pullen and Grace Wynne Willson.

“We are so proud to have achieved this award recognising the College’s commitment to LGBT+ inclusion,” says Grace Wynne Willson, Student EDI and Enrichment Co-ordinator.

“It really has been a whole college approach and so many people have contributed towards this achievement, but I would like to particularly thank all the students who have been involved including members of our Pride Club.”

Pride Club is a supportive and non-judgmental group for LGBT+ students with regular meetings held at both the Solihull and Stratford campuses.

Will Pullen, Student Voice President and former LGBT+ Officer, commented: “Receiving the Rainbow Flag Award emphasises our promise to the College’s LGBT+ community and I believe that we should all be extremely proud of that!”