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23rd Feb 2024

Almost 40 schools across Ireland have been awarded the LGBTQ+ quality mark



In a significant step towards fostering LGBTQ+ inclusivity within Irish schools, almost 40 educational institutions have been awarded the LGBTQ+ Quality Mark for their dedication to creating safe and supportive environments for all students.

Led by Belong To, Ireland’s national LGBTQ+ youth organisation, this initiative marks a milestone in promoting diversity and acceptance within the education system.

The LGBTQ+ quality mark

The LGBTQ+ Quality Mark initiative represents a comprehensive approach to LGBTQ+ inclusion in post-primary schools, involving the entire school community in embedding LGBTQ+ acceptance into policies and practices.

Over the course of 18 months, participating schools received support in implementing evidence-based actions across various key areas, aimed at enhancing the well-being and safety of LGBTQ+ students.

Developed with support from, this initiative emphasises the importance of creating a safe school environment where all students feel valued and supported.


Despite progress in LGBTQ+ rights and visibility, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia remain significant challenges for LGBTQ+ students.

Studies reveal that a staggering 76% of LGBTQ+ second-level students in Ireland feel unsafe at school.

The schools involved in the LGBTQ+ Quality Mark initiative have undertaken commendable efforts to combat discrimination and create a welcoming atmosphere where every student can thrive.

Recognition and celebration

A celebratory event held at The Foundry, Google Headquarters in Dublin, brought together students, teachers, and principals from the recognised schools to receive their awards.

Hosted by Presenter and Podcaster James Kavanagh, the event highlighted the achievements of these pioneering schools in prioritising LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Speaking at the event, Jack Chambers, Minister of State and TD for Dublin West, commended the schools for their commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion. He emphasised the government’s dedication to ensuring the safety, equality, and inclusion of all students, including those in the LGBTQ+ community.

Moninne Griffith, CEO of Belong To – LGBTQ+ Youth Ireland, praised the efforts of the recognised schools in creating safe and supportive spaces for LGBTQ+ students. She highlighted the positive impact of inclusion and visibility on students’ well-being and academic success.

Support from Google Ireland

David Sneddon, Vice President of Google Ireland, expressed pride in supporting Belong To’s LGBTQ+ Quality Mark initiative. He lauded the program’s far-reaching impact on LGBTQ+ inclusion within Ireland’s education system and congratulated the participating schools on their achievements.

The LGBTQ+ Quality Mark initiative sets a precedent for fostering LGBTQ+ acceptance and support within Irish schools.

By prioritising staff training, creating inclusive school cultures, and engaging with students, parents, and community organisations, these schools are paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable education system.

The LGBTQ+ Quality Mark provides a comprehensive approach to developing an LGBTQ+ safe and supportive school that includes:

  • Ensuring that staff are equipped to support LGBTQ+ students.
  • Creating a supportive, LGBTQ+ inclusive school culture and environment.
  • Encouraging students to share their opinions and ideas on how to create a safe and supportive school.
  • Developing and implementing effective school policies and plans.
  • Implementing a curriculum that supports diversity and respect.
  • Working with parents, community organisations and other local LGBTQ+ youth projects or groups to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion.