A free guide for teachers will provide them with ideas they can use to help discuss topics like same sex relationships and homophobia with their students.

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) produced the resource pack, Out In School, for secondary school teachers.

THT said research shows that young people who experience homophobia are less likely to do well at school.

They are also more likely to truant and leave school at 16.

“An increasing number of schools are encouraging open discussion about sexual orientation to ensure that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) students are as confident and successful as their heterosexual peers,” the charity said.

“THT’s Out in School is designed to make it easier for teachers to introduce this topic within school lessons and assemblies.

“The guide is full of ideas on how to incorporate discussion within a wider context of relationships, marriage, diversity, religion, language and literature.

Out in School also looks at how teachers can highlight the importance of challenging prejudice and being respectful to others.”

For a free copy of Out in School contact email phillip.wragg@tht.org.uk or visit www.tht.org.uk