Equalities and Inclusion

All young people and staff have the right to feel happy, safe and included. Barrhead High recognises the importance of preparing our young people to appreciate and celebrate diversity, in order that our young people contribute effectively to our society. Our Equality and Diversity Policy  and Anti-Bullying Policy underpin our commitment  to create a positive ethos and climate of respect and trust based on our shared values across the school community. 


The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only develops knowledge about  rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

What is Gold Rights Respecting?

Gold Rights Respecting award is granted by UNICEF UK to schools that have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in its policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the RRSA Strands and Outcomes

Barrhead High school is extremely proud to have achieved Gold Rights Respecting School status.

We were highly commended on the following:

  • Confident individuals who have a sound knowledge of their rights and their connection to their daily lives.
  • Strong commitment to the principles of Rights Respecting Schools and a clear understanding of how the outcomes of the programme can impact on school life, including  pupil agency, inclusion and attainment.
  • Provision of training for staff in areas such as nurture and attachment and support provided to embed children’s rights in learning.
  • Excellent range of extra-curricular activities and  community links, working with partners to provide our young people with access to greater opportunities to enjoy a rights respecting education.

Barrhead learners are encouraged to live our values every day.

We have achieved the LGBT Silver Charter Award


The LGBT Equalities group has raised awareness  to develop  a more inclusive school ethos for all.

This has included:

  • 100% of staff completed training
  • Pupil led whole school assemblies
  • Posters and display boards around the school building
  • Rainbow Day
  • Equalities badge/lanyards
  • Celebrating LGBT History Month

The LGBT Charter helps safeguard lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’s human rights. These rights draw on international human rights and relevant UK and Scottish legislation and have been developed in consultation with LGBT people about what’s most important to them.

  1. LGBT people have the right to be themselves and to live free from prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
  2. LGBT people have the right to be kept from harm and be protected from hate crime, bullying and other forms of violence.
  3. LGBT people have the right to be heard, treated fairly and their views and experiences taken into account.
  4. LGBT people have the right to be healthy, with equal access to healthcare, and the impact of prejudice and discrimination on health properly addressed.
  5. LGBT people have the right to form relationships, free from abuse and with equality of recognition.
  6. LGBT people have the right to privacy and information about sexual orientation and gender identity not disclosed to others, without consent to do so.
  7. LGBT people have the right to education that recognises diversity and implements programmes that seek to eliminate prejudice on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
  8. LGBT people have the right to be cared for free from prejudice and discrimination and in every setting.

Follow our journey on Twitter @Equality_BHS

Resources for young people and parents/carers:

  1.   https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/
  2.   https://www.stonewall.org.uk/
  3.   https://www.thetrevorproject.org/ 
  4.   https://www.tie.scot/


The Vision Schools Programme embeds the principles of Scotland’s curriculum, whose priorities include responsible citizenship, in which Education for Citizenship is permeated across the curriculum, in its encouragement of effective and sustained school-based Holocaust education.

We achieved the Level 2 Award as we are committed to teaching about  the Holocaust to address antisemitism, we also continue to share good practice across Scotland.

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