Dudley primary school children will be given anti-homophobia lessons, according to local authority plans.

Education officers at Dudley Council are reported to be worried about the effects of bullying on young children and look set to push through anti bullying legislation this week.

The final decision is in the hands of David Vickers, he said: “”It’s something we are making sure we have covered. I do not believe we have a problem.

“We try and teach pupils the outcome of their actions in a softer way. In my day it was the cane.”

A council spokesman told the Dudley Chronicle, “Many of the measures in the anti-bullying policy are already in place at borough schools but it is good practice to formalise these actions in council policy.

“Pupils at both primary and secondary schools are taught equality and diversity, although curriculum activity is age relevant.”

Lifelong learning select committee chairman Councillor Susan Ridney welcomed the idea and admitted there have been reports of homophobic name calling in local schools, “You wonder if they actually know what they are saying. It’s just a word they hear.”