TEACHERS will be able to access new LGBT-inclusive educational resources aimed at promoting equality in schools.

A range of services, including a website and teaching resources, are being made available to staff at local schools to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pupils and include LGBT issues in the curriculum.

As well as promoting equality, the additional support aims to reduce bullying, according to the Scottish Government.

The new resources are also being backed by Cosla (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities), which represents all 32 of Scotland’s councils.

Children’s minister Clare Haughey said: “The launch of this ground-breaking suite of resources for schools takes us another step forward in ensuring that our curriculum is as diverse as the young people who learn in our schools.

“The Scottish Government, in partnership with Cosla, is determined to provide a fully inclusive education for children and young people.”

Stephen McCabe, Cosla’s children and young people spokesman, added: “Improving inclusion in our schools is a priority for local government.

“We welcome these materials, which will assist schools, teachers and education staff to drive this important agenda forward, ensuring all children and young people receive the support they need.”

Campaigners at the Time for Inclusive Education charity have also backed the introduction of the extra resources.

Co-founder Jordan Daly said: “I experienced bullying and prejudice at school for being gay and it had a detrimental impact on my confidence and wellbeing for some time.

“This new website and the supporting resources will help teachers take a proactive, educational approach to tackling prejudice.

“Most importantly, this work will empower young people and provide them with an opportunity I didn’t have at school – to feel valued, confident and proud of who they are.”

To find out more about the new resources, visit lgbteducation.scot.