Drive to beat homophobic bullying in town’s schools

Barnsley schools are being urged to tackle homophobic bullying through an innovative new education programme designed to celebrate difference and diversity.

Support and guidance will be offered to primary and secondary schools as part of the Education Champions Programme, run by the charity Stonewall.

NHS worker Matthew Osborne, who will deliver sessions to schools, said signing up to the programme would help Barnsley to take a strong role as a champion for educational excellence in equality and diversity.

“It’s important that we support schools to help them tackle the issues of homophobia and homophobic bullying, as it can play a big role in the health and emotional wellbeing of students,” he said.