Council is praised for good work in Portsmouth schools

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PORTSMOUTH City Council has been named by Stonewall as the one of the best local authorities in Britain 
for tackling homophobic bullying.

The charity today publishes the Education Equality Index 2014, which as well as listing the Top 10 local authorities in Britain names Portsmouth City Council as best new entrant.

It measures practice and policy at participating local authorities.

Councillor Neill Young, cabinet member for children and education at the council, said: ‘We are delighted to receive the best new 
entrant award in the Stonewall Education Equality Index this year in recognition of our achievements 
and good practice in challenging the use of homophobic language in schools and tackling homophobic bullying wherever it occurs.

‘We’re proud that our efforts in helping to address and prevent bullying in schools have been commended and rewarded.’