Catholic church’s anti-bullying strategy sent to Scottish Labour leader

Kezia Dugdale

Kezia Dugdale

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, Mr 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.”

He 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.

• Full story at the Scottish Catholic Media Office.