30 Apr 2019
Pauline Anderson discussed her work to improve educational practice in Derby after an Ofsted report showed Roma children were not receiving an adequate education. Pauline and the city council worked to produce a plan of action and worked with local and regional school leaders. This led to effective CPD being developed for teachers; schools were encouraged to engage with audit service; an EAL champion’s programme was developed; and from 2015- 2019 this practice was embedded in the East Midlands. Most importantly £100,000 was allocated to further develop community mentors, and provide additional advocacy. As a result of these interventions the schools have seen a significant improvement in Roma pupils attainment. This demonstrates that time, financial and social investment, and a commitment to equality and inclusion is urgently required if attainment is to be improved.