Steps of the Yellow Flag Programme

The Yellow Flag Programme has 8 steps which are listed below. 

A more comprehensive and useful practical tool was designed and is called the Yellow Flag Hanbook which can be downloaded below:

1. Intercultural and Anti-Racism Training for Staff and Management
The initial step for a “diverse school” is for staff and management to undergo Anti-Racism and Intercultural Awareness training in order to be equipped with new skills and to be provided with a suitable environment to discuss issues that may arise over the course of the Yellow Flag Programme. 

2. Going Beyond the School Walls: Engaging with the Community
Yellow Flag schools will make direct links with local Traveller/ Minority/ Migrant organisations in their area to gain from their expertise and foster new relationships in their community. The Yellow Flag Schools begin to utilise press and other forms of local media to publicise the successes of the school and enable the wider community to recognise their work in promoting interculturalism.

3. The Diversity Committee
The Diversity Committee, to ensure that the programme will meet the needs of everyone, will consist of pupils, teachers, parents, other school staff and management of the school and will meet on a regular basis to drive the project forward. 

4. Intercultural Review
Staff and students, working alongside parents and other relevant stakeholders, look to identify the intercultural and diversity issues that exist in the school. 

5. Action Plan for a Diverse School
The Diversity Committee, informed by the work of the Intercultural Review, devises an action plan for a specific time-period and sets themselves realistic targets to improve the whole-school environment. 

6. Monitoring, Evaluation and Information Dissemination 
This ensures that progress towards the self-evaluated, as well as the externally evaluated targets is made. 

7. Curriculum work
Classroom study on diversity, covering race and ethnicity will be carried out by all students. 

8. Diversity Code and Anti-Racism Policy 
After completing all the other steps, the school now produces its Diversity Code. This is developed primarily by the students and states what the school as a whole are trying to achieve on a day-to-day basis. The school also produces an official Anti-Racism Policy to formalise their best practice in the area. Both documents are then publicised widely throughout the school building and included in various school publications. 

Yellow Flag Award On completing these steps, the school will be awarded its “Yellow Flag” in recognition of its work in becoming a school committed to interculturalism. 



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The Yellow Flag Programme must be supported in becoming a national programme. It must be mainstreamed. From there, it will have the capacity to do for diversity what another marvellous programme, the Green Schools/Green Flag Programme, has achieved for environmental awareness among the huge constituency of children, parents, teachers, and communities which it reaches out to so effectively across the State

Michael D Higgins, 25th of May 2011