Showing Pride in Diversity
Young people and school staff from across South Tyneside have come together to celebrate diversity during Pride Month.
Hosted by Boldon School in partnership with the Council's public health team, the South Tyneside Schools Pride event saw more than 150 people attend and take part in workshops with a focus on LGBT+ communities.
A number of services including Northumbria Police, Healthy Minds and Matrix drug and alcohol service showcased the work they do to support the LGBT+ community while the event also served as an opportunity for teaching staff to share best practice.
Melanie Brown, Key Stage 4 Lead for Boldon School, said: "It is important that every young person feels valued for who they are and that they can safely be who they are at school.
"We take a very inclusive approach at Boldon and were proud to host this celebration of diversity once again this year."
As part of the day, teaching staff created a pledge which focused on what they can do in their schools to support the LGBT+ community.
Councillor Adam Ellison, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: "We know that some LGBT+ young people face additional challenges growing up so it is vital that schools work together to enhance understanding of the issues affecting them.
"In addition to celebrating diversity, this event also allows students and teaching staff to learn more about the support on offer for all our young people."