How We Help

In April, The Traveller Movement and King’s College London launched ‘Tutors for GRT’, a project to help Gypsy, Roma and Traveller students when schools closed for COVID. You can read more about the project in our blog post here.

Tutors for GRT

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller students are more likely to be behind their peers in school attainment. This project aims to combat that. In partnership with King’s College London, and funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, we are able to offer 121 online tutoring throughout the academic year to over 100 students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families.

As well as the online tutoring, we provide tablets, books and stationery free of charge to all families to address barriers to education.

All of the spaces are currently full, however if you want to learn more about the project please contact us on partnerships@travellermovement.org.uk

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‘thank you very much for everything. They have got so much potential, it’s just getting them to do the work. With Cath’s lessons they really enjoy the time she takes to explain everything the way she works with them’ - parent

To find out more contact our education and partnerships officer Chrissie browne on partnerships@travellermovement.org.uk

For families interested in having a tutor, contact us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 "Today went great, my sons confidence has increased after one session! The tutor took the time to explain everything so carefully." - Parent

‘Functional Skills for NEET’

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people are also more likely to be not in education, employment or training at 16 years of age. This puts them at higher risk of entering the criminal justice system. We have developed a programme to equip young people with the skills they need for further training or to enter the job market.

Delivered by 121 online tutors, within an exam at the end of the programme, young people will gain level 2 qualifications in English and Maths. We will also be working with them on employability skills and further support after they complete the programme.

If you have a young person you would like to refer to this project, the full criteria can be found here and the referral form here.

For more information on this programme please contact us on partnerships@travellermovement.org.uk



Further advocacy or support 

Please contact the education team on education@travellermovement.org.uk or, ring 0794 953 3342 if you require support with any of the following issues:  

  • School exclusions  
  • Elective home education 
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Referral for legal advice
  • Racist bullying 
We also provide expert advice and support to educators, policymakers and schools. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your concerns.

Read all about the impact of digital exclusion on GRT pupils here, in a case study we presented to the HEAR network in June 2020. 

For more information, please visit our Covid-19 page
"I'm not allowed to play with you anymore"

This short story is produced by the Traveller Movement in co-operation with members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community and is based on real experiences.

We would like to thank all those involved in creating this story. The project was funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

You can download a copy here
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