WILTSHIRE has been placed in the top three authorities for tackling homophobic bullying in its schools.

The charity Stonewall ranked the authority as third in its yearly Equality Index, praising the Council’s innovative campaigns to educate secondary school students through its ZeeTee campaign.

This campaign has now been delivered to more than 25,000 students in Wiltshire, teaching about respect and inclusion.

Luke Tryl, Stonewall head of education, said: “Wiltshire Council deserves enormous congratulations on its performance in this year’s Stonewall Education Equality Index. Homophobic bullying still has a detrimental impact on the attendance, achievement and life chances of young people.

“It’s fantastic to see the work of our top ten highlighted in the index, inspiring others to take action to provide teachers with the tools they need to make schools a safe and supportive place to help all young people to achieve their full potential.”