Education Training available
School CPD Training
PLEASE NOTE: Due to an unusually large amount of casework this period, for now we are closing our casework and will reassess this following Easter and as soon as we are able to.
We will update this page then to keep you updated.
While our casework lines are closed, please use some of the other GRT organisations or Citizens Advice Bureaux.
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training for schools and local authorities aimed at understanding the issues facing Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and families accessing effective education.
The training objectives include;
- Develop knowledge of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children and Families
- Analyse Impact Education currently has on Children ad Families
- Examine Barriers to Education
- Adopt Practices to support Gypsy, Roma and Travellers
There are 12 sections to this training plan for Schools and Local Authorities and the training package includes 12 videos for each sections, including a training video; two printable poster resources from the training and group discussion questions for each section of the training.
You can find out more about this training by visiting the TM Education Information and Support site, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively complete the Quote Form below and return to us.
The Traveller Movement works across the education sector to challenge systemic and institutional barriers faced by Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller children, families and individuals. Discrimination, and the harassment arising from discrimination, has a pronounced impact on educational attainment for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and young people in education; and this in turn is statistically likely to adversely affect outcomes in educational attainment, health, wellbeing, employment, economic inclusion, financial security and involvement within the criminal justice system.
Our aim is to challenge the processes which reproduce discrimination, and to empower pupils, parents and others in the GRT communities to act as their own advocates when educational challenges arise, before seeking more specialist support.
Our Areas of Work
We conduct topical research, support through offering direct advocacy, and engage fully in policy work when representing Gypsy, Roma and Traveller experiences of the education system.
To raise awareness of disparities and unequal opportunities in education, the Traveller Movement operates across multiple areas and works with stakeholders in the education sector, local and national government, and others in the third sector to pursue the following outcomes:
- Providing a robust evidence base outlining the main issues for GRT in education, which informs our campaigns, advocacy, and policy output.
- Demanding reform of the education system to ensure GRT are protected and supported
- Advising and lobbying Government departments and Ministers to ensure policy interventions, statutory guidance, and legislative changes promote inclusion and access to education for the GRT community
- Advocating for more rigorous, uniform data collection policies to enable consistent and routine ethnic monitoring throughout the education system
- Campaigning to overcome the overrepresentation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children in exclusion, off rolling, attainment, elective home education, and pupil referral unit figures.
Currently the education team is working on the following projects:
- Launching the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training for schools and local authorities aimed at understanding the issues facing Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and families accessing effective education.
- Updating the brand new education website, which provides both information and support for pupils, parents and organisations on how to ensure any educational challenges are overcome and how best to support effective learning for children from GRT communities
- Continued collaboration with the Department for Education and relevant government ministers on central school exclusions policies and how best to tackle the high levels of exclusions within GRT communities.
- Issuing a special report which examines a successful pilot scheme run in Derby city to reduce fixed-term and permanent exclusions. This report will provide a detailed guide on how to replicate the pilot scheme, with recommendations for both the Department for Education and local authorities
- Issuing detailed reports on core areas of educational challenge for GRT children, such as:
- Special educational needs and disabilities for GRT children within education; and,
- Elective home education for children outside of formal education; and,
- GRT experiences in early years and primary education
Education Advice and Advocacy Support Unit
The Education Team continues to operate the Education Advice and Advocacy Support Unit (EAASU) which is a service aimed at supporting GRT families who are facing significant educational challenges and who often face discrimination in the provision of educational and social support services. We provide support for the following areas:
- Assistance with school admissions and applications
- Advice on how to tackle anti-GRT bullying
- Advice and support for education related expenses (school uniform and school transport)
- Assistance with registering special educational needs and disabilities, as well as the provision of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)
- Support with issues of non-attendance and the use of ‘the t-code’ for applicable absences
- Advice and support on all types of school exclusions (including self-exclusions)
- Advice on how to provide effective elective home education and when to opt for formal education
- Support with referrals for extra educational tuition
- Advice on progression in to further and higher education courses and forms of study, as well as many other topics.
The Education Advice and Advocacy Support Unit (EAASU) also provides support, guidance and training for education-linked organisations who wish to increase their engagement with GRT communities.