Dearne schools’ scheme to tackle homophobic bullying


A new programme which aims to tackle homophobia and bullying has been launched in schools across the Dearne.

The Education Champions programme is being delivered as part of a partnership between charity Stonewall, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYFT), Barnsley LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Forum and Barnsley Council.

Matthew Osborne, health improvement practitioner at SWYFT, will deliver sessions in the classroom alongside colleagues from the LGBT Forum and the council.

He said: “It’s important that we support schools to tackle the issue of homophobic bullying, as it can play a big role in the health and emotional wellbeing of students. The partnership between the trust,

ouncil and LGBT forum shows we’re committed to acting as champions for educational excellence in this area.”

Schools which take part in the scheme will have access to Stonewall’s educational resources and be offered support to establish ways of addressing homophobic bullying and promoting a safe and inclusive learning environment for young people.

For more information contact Mr Osborne by email at or