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June was a colourful month at Tiffin with flags and rainbows decorating the school, and staff sporting rainbow lanyards in celebration of Pride Month and as a show of support for our school LGBT+ community. The highlight of the month was the last week of June when Tiffin joined over two million other pupils and school staff to participate in Diversity Week, organised by LGBT+ charity Just Like Us, with interactive tutor time sessions, an exciting and highly competitive (and sweaty!) Student vs Staff Volleyball tournament, and informative assemblies.

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Laura Mackay, Chief Executive of Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, said: “The climate for LGBT+ young people is challenging right now, so it’s incredibly encouraging to see that more than 7,000 schools across the UK will be celebrating School Diversity Week this year. I am especially grateful to the teachers and school staff who are making this possible, ensuring that pupils are able to learn about allyship, kindness and celebrating all of our differences.”

In conjunction with our celebrations, we organised a Rainbow Accessories Day and a Rainbow ice lolly sale to raise money for our Diversity Week chosen charity: Free2B Alliance who is a London based community organisation supporting LGBTQ+ young people and their parents. Free2B provide 1:1 and group services in schools and in the community, with all provisions co-developed with their members. They challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and provide LGBTQ+ awareness training to schools and organisations to promote inclusivity. They seek to provide safe spaces and champion empowerment, acceptance and a place where you are Free2B! Although the final tally isn’t yet complete, your generosity helped us raise over £800 for them—thank you!