Renewing Our Yellow Flag
Mura gcuirfidh tú san earrach ní bhainfidh tú san fhómhar – If you do not sow in the spring, you will not reap in the autumn (Irish Proverb)
Renewing our Yellow Flag
- Keep the Yellow Flag Spirit Alive
- Carry on with the 8 Steps
- Keep reviewing your work and making changes
Schools need to renew their Yellow Flag every three years – this shows us and everyone else that you are still working as an intercultural school.
How do we keep the Yellow Flag spirit alive?
Keep going back to those 8 Steps. Do new teachers, students and parents know about the programme? Is it still a living programme in your school? Have your reviewed the things you did for the Yellow Flag, like the Action Plan and the Intercultural Review? Does everyone still have a sense of the Yellow Flag Programme in your school. The table overleaf sets our key questions for schools to think about and respond to. If schools can do this, they renew their Yellow Flag.
What happens for a renewal?
Like the first-time round, you should keep records of the work you do. You can do this by setting up a new Handbook, like this one, showing your work under each step. You will also need to carry out another intercultural review, to see how things have changed and act on the results.
You will also have a renewal visit by the Yellow Flag Assessment team – this will follow the same lines as the original assessment visit. There will be two members on the assessment team, and the visit will last for around 1.5 hours. Once again, the renewal visit will be a chance for you to showcase your good work in relation to interculturalism, commitment to equality and addressing racism and discrimination.
When will we know if we get to keep our Flag?
Like the last time, the assessors will evaluate the school separately, and then come together to agree on a decision. A letter will be sent to the school letting you know if you have renewed your Yellow Flag or whether you have more work to do to secure a renewal.
Support for renewals?
Just like the first-time round, the Yellow Flag staff will visit your school, and be available to talk to by email or phone to help guide you in your work.