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The Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan has sent a copy of the Catholic church’s anti bullying strategy to Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, after a controversial Tweet in which she suggested “inclusive education” was not supported in Catholic schools.

 

In a message to the Labour leader, Anthony Horan said; “Catholic schools challenge discrimination and bullying on any grounds. The Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) recently hosted a training day for teachers, which focused on anti-bullying and ensured all protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 were covered.”

 

Mr Horan added; “A meeting held in March of this year to brief Labour MSPs on the work being done to tackle bullying in Catholic schools, was sadly attended by only four of your colleagues. This despite an invite being sent to all MSPs in the Labour group.”

 

Mr Horan has also offered to meet Kezia Dugdale, together with Barbara Coupar, Director of the Catholic Education Service to discuss anti-bullying strategies being used in Catholic schools.

 

ENDS

 

Peter Kearney 
Director 
Catholic Media Office 
5 St. Vincent Place 
Glasgow 
G1 2DH 
0141 221 1168
07968 122291 
Note to Editors:
For further information, contact: Anthony Horan - 07903 952 985
The full text of Anthony Horan’s email to Kezia Dugdale is shown below:
Dear Ms Dugdale
One of your recent Twitter post about an incident at St Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn, West Lothian, stated: “Proof that the fight for LGBTI equality isn’t over and it’s high time for inclusive education @tiecampaign”.
As you will no doubt be aware West Lothian Council has publicly confirmed, that the school concerned has a policy prohibiting the wearing of all non-official school badges. This is why the pupil in question was asked to remove their badge. The same policy applies to any non-school badge regardless of the cause — social, political, sporting or commercial — being promoted.
It is important to be aware that Catholic schools challenge discrimination and bullying on any grounds. The Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) recently hosted a training day for teachers, which focused on anti-bullying and ensured all protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 were covered. This also served as an opportunity for school representatives to review their own anti-bullying policies and make sure they are consistent with existing law, Government policy and best practice.
A meeting held in March of this year to brief Labour MSPs on the work being done to tackle bullying in Catholic schools, was sadly attended by only four of your colleagues. This despite an invite being sent to all MSPs in the Labour group.
As you may not be aware of the work being done by SCES to tackle bullying, in all its forms, across all 350 Catholic schools in Scotland, I attach a copy of a briefing paper which provides further detail and was published in March.
If it would be of assistance my colleague Barbara Coupar (Director, SCES) and I would be delighted to meet with you to speak to the attached paper and to provide more information on anti-bullying initiatives in Catholic schools.
Kind Regards

 

Anthony Horan

 

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