City schools recognised for tackling homophobic bullying

By on 11/07/2013 in Cllr Jones, News

Birmingham is celebrating after its schools maintained their reputation as a beacon of excellence in tackling homophobic bullying, as the council once again achieved a top three placing in the respected Stonewall’s Education Equality Index.

The Stonewall Index showcases how well local authorities are tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying in their schools, and this year saw the largest range of entries yet, with forty-two councils across the UK submitting entries to the index. Birmingham proved its consistency as it repeated its 3rd place from 2012, while the council’s overall points score went up – and last year’s 1st  and 2nd place entries both dropped down.

The Index rating recognises Birmingham’s innovative and inclusive approach to supporting young people, epitomised by projects such as the acclaimed ‘Educate and Celebrate-How to make your school LGBT friendly’ programme and the city’s hosting of the national ‘LGBT History Month Music’ event.

Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “I’m delighted that Birmingham has been recognised for leading the field, but we still have a long way to go. We will continue to educate and campaign to tackle homophobia in its schools. Research conducted by Cambridge University shows that over half of all pupils in British schools, who are gay, lesbian or bisexual experience homophobic bullying, and we are determined to continue to create a safe and supportive atmosphere in our schools for all our young people.”

For more information contact Steve McCarthy in the Press Office on 0121 303 3367.

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