Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has encouraged schools to mark School Diversity Week (3-7 July), an initiative organised by the charity Just Like Us. One of the schools taking part is Coppice Performing Arts School.

During school diversity week, university student volunteers will come and speak in secondary schools to share their stories, bust stereotypes, and explain why LGBT equality is important for everyone.

Nationwide, over 250,000 students and teachers across the country will be getting creative, making poster campaigns, and holding pride festivals other events to help champion LGBT equality and challenge prejudice.

Emma said: “I want to encourage schools in Wolverhampton to mark School Diversity Week this week. I am delighted that Coppice Performing Arts School will be doing so and hope other schools will join them.

“School Diversity Week is a great initiative to support LGBT young people. It means that they hear powerful positive messages about being LGBT.

“The charity Stonewall recently commissioned a survey from Cambridge University which found that the level of homophobic bullying in Britain’s secondary schools has fallen by a third in a decade. This is great news and is in part thanks to projects like School Diversity Week.

“But there is more to do. The survey found that 45% of gay pupils continue to face bullying because of their sexuality and growing up LGBT is still one of the most challenging experiences young people can face.”

July 2017