Gay charity puts Capital’s schools in top 10 for equality

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THE Capital’s school’s have been hailed by equality campaigners for their efforts in tackling homophobic bullying and celebrating difference.

The city council has been placed at number seven in gay rights charity Stonewall’s ­Education Equality Index – the first local authority in Scotland to achieve a top 10 spot. Forty two councils across the UK submitted entries to the 2013 Index, which comes after a report produced by Cambridge University last year revealed more than half of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people had experienced homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools.

The Capital’s top-10 listing has been welcomed by city education bosses as recognition for their work. Councillor Paul Godzik, education leader, said: “A lot of very positive work is carried out in our schools to promote equality, tackle discrimination and bullying so

“I’m delighted that Stonewall has recognised the efforts of the council, school staff and pupils.

“Steps this year have included making sure that every school is implementing the council’s equalities and anti-bullying policy and building on the strong links already ­established with LGBT Youth Scotland and Stonewall.”

Colin Macfarlane, director of Stonewall Scotland, said: “City of Edinburgh council deserves enormous congratulations”.