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National prize for Oldham students’ inclusive True Colours group

National prize for Oldham students’ inclusive True Colours group

An Oldham academy’s commitment to inclusion has been celebrated this week after they won a national award from the National Education Union for best ‘Pupil Pride Group.’

Oasis Academy Leesbrook’s True Colours group won the award as judges recognised the work that both staff and students do to promote inclusion and support students within the LGBTQ+ community.

The True Colours group was set up by caring staff who wanted to create a space for LGBTQ+ students, where they can spend time together in an environment where they feel comfortable.  Together the group take part in activities such as watching and reading LGBTQ+ films and books, 

The group also create together, making advertisements for important LGBTQ+ events throughout the year, designing posters to spread positivity and information to the wider school community, and contributing to a new school mural.

Ms Massey and Ms Sanderson, the staff who make the group possible, have shared their experience and advice on how to set up similar groups in other schools which will now be shared across Oasis academies.

Commenting on the award, Ms Sanderson says: “It is so important that every young person feels included at school, and that they feel comfortable to be who they are.  We hope that this award might inspire other schools that do not already have similar safe spaces to consider setting up one for their young people.”

Principal of Oasis Academy Leesbrook, Sarah Livesey says: “We are proud to be a school where staff and students take inclusion seriously, and that collectively we want everyone to feel safe and accepted.  Congratulations both to the young people who are part of True Colours, and to Ms Massey and Ms Sanderson who make it possible.”

Leonardo Lins