HIGHLAND Council has been announced as the most improved local education authority and top performing Scottish council in Stonewall’s seventh annual Education Equality Index.

The announcement was made at Stonewall’s Education for All conference held at the University of Birmingham.

The index is a comprehensive benchmarking exercise for local authorities from across the country, showcasing how well they are celebrating difference and tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in schools and supporting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) young people in their local communities.

This year, 39 local authorities from England, Scotland and Wales took part and Highland Council was awarded most improved local authority.

Cllr Alasdair Christie, who chairs the council’s people committee, said: “This is fantastic news for our young people that we are making Highland a better place to live and learn in.

“I am very pleased to see that Stonewall’s 2017 School Report highlights some positive statistics as well as clear next steps in moving forward.

“Highland Council’s Equality and Diversity Improvement Group and LGBTI sub-group will continue to work next year to support children and young people, their families, our workforce and our communities across Highland. Congratulations to all our staff, schools and partners who thoroughly deserve this accolade.”


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