Several schools will soon be the first in the UK to get specialist online help with homophobic bullying.

Rainford High Technology College, is to be a pioneer user of the Denial online anti-homophobic bullying resource, once it launches in January.

The Principal of the school, Ian Young, said: “The resource supports young people within the school dealing with issues of sexuality and challenges unacceptable views that still exist around homosexuality in our society.

“I am sure our work with Ariel Trust will help our students accept people for the people they are rather than being prejudiced by homophobic attitudes.”

An new initiative to help drive out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in secondary schools was launched  in an East London school by Minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson this week, during Anti-Bullying Week.

The announcement follows the pledge in July that the Church of England will introduce a campaign to fight homophobic bullying in its schools, and Stonewall has launched a new campaign, to tackle the use of homophobic language in schools using new posters and guidance to address the misuse of the word ‘gay’.