Yellow Flag Programme


St. Aidan’s CS has been chosen this year to take part in the Yellow Flag Programme. We are delighted about this prospect and staff and students have been working really hard to secure the flag. But what is it?

What is the "Yellow Flag" programme?

The Yellow Flag Programme provides a practical series of 8 steps that brings issues of interculturalism, equality and diversity into the whole-school programme and allows schools to apply them to the day to day running of the school. It works with students, staff, management, parents and wider community groups so that issues of diversity and equality are not merely seen as "school subjects" but can be understood and taken outside the school setting into everyone's personal lives.

Stages of the Yellow Flag Programme

1. Intercultural and Anti-Racism Training for Staff and Management
Staff and management are taking part training in interculturalism and anti-racism. It is not just our students who have to learn in school!

2. Involvement of Local Community Groups
We are busy contacting local groups to see how they can help us or indeed how we can help them to promote interculturalism.

3. The Diversity Committee
The Diversity Committee includes staff and students. We are still looking for a parent to join so if you would like to join, please let us know. This committee meets once a month to discuss what needs to be done in our school.

4. Intercultural Review

Ms. Abbey, Ms. Wosser and Ms. Mahony have been working really hard with a group of students to find out what students think of racism. The questionnaire is almost finished and we look forward to seeing all the information from it. Watch this space to find out more in the coming weeks.

5. Action Plan for a Diverse School
We plan to have an intercultural week where students can experience music, food, dress and much more from other cultures. If you would like to be involved, please let us know!

6. Monitoring and Evaluation
We must keep a watch on how we are progressing so this step is on going for the programme.

7. Curriculum work
A number of teachers have been working really hard on lesson plans that can be given out to other teachers. Thank you Ms. Sloyan, Ms. Gorman, Ms. Rapple and Ms. Tierney.

8. Going beyond the School’s Walls: Engaging with the Community
We think this project is a great idea and we hope to make links with other people outside the school to show how important this programme is.

9. Diversity Code
We are also working on a new code and policy for our school which show everyone that we want our school to be intercultural.

Yellow Flag Award