About Yellow Flag

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.
In parallel with the Green Schools, the Yellow Flag programme is an award scheme, therefore; on completing these steps, and being assessed externally, the school is awarded its "Yellow Flag" in recognition of its work in promoting diversity & inclusion. The award is publicised locally, and the school can fly its flag with pride and use the logo on its official correspondence.

Steps of the Yellow Flag Programme:

Step 1: Getting Started, Keeping track and promoting the schools of Yellow Flag Work

Step 2: The Diversity Committee

Step 3: Intercultural Awareness Training

Step 4: The Intercultural Review

Step 5: The Action Plan

Step 6: Going beyond the School Walls: Engaging with Parents and the Community

Step 7: Curriculum Work

Step 8: Diversity Code, Diversity Statement and Policy Review

*Steps were revised in Aug 2015


Rationale for the Irish Traveller Movement’s development of the Yellow Flag programme


It is widely acknowledged that the Irish education landscape has significantly changed over the last number of years and this has presented schools with many challenges as well as opportunities. Despite there being a commitment at policy level relating to these challenges, practical progress in the area of intercultural education has been slow. Many so-called initiatives remain simply statements of intent and put unrealistic expectations on schools and teachers to deliver interculturalism without the necessary supports. 

The ITM is committed to developing modern models of best practice in order to support genuinely inclusive education in Ireland and has therefore developed the Yellow Flag programme which focuses on practical intercultural achievements as well as providing the essential formal and informal framework to the schools themselves. The Irish Traveller Movement believes there is huge scope for developing the Yellow Flag programme into a mainstream national programme, which would have a long-standing legacy, promoting equality and diversity. 

Contact Details: For more information on becoming a Yellow Flag school and or to get involved in supporting the programme to be mainstreamed contact the Irish Traveller Movement at 01-6796577 or email yellowflagprogramme@gmail.com

Education is one of the most important means of combating racism and developing a more inclusive, intercultural society in Ireland. The Yellow Flag programme offers teachers, students and the local community an ideal opportunity to shape and influence how the school works, how the teachers interact with the students and their parents and how students interact with one another and their teachers. The Yellow Flag should be an aspiration for all schools and I look forward to working with the Irish Traveller Movement to make this a reality.”

Kathleen Lynch Minister with responsibility around Equality, 25th of May 2011