Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Provision (GRT)
DfE Guidance on temporary changes: attendance recording for educational settings whilst closed due to the coronavirus
We have put together key information and resources for schools to help maintain provision during the COVID-19 situation.
1. GRT inclusion in schools
Schools with children from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community can get advice and guidance with schooling from the East Sussex Teaching and Learning Provision GRT Team.
Who are Traveller children?
The term 'Travellers' covers a number of community groups, which include:
- Travellers of Irish heritage
- Fairground and circus families
- New Travellers.
Some groups have minority ethnic status, for example Gypsy/Roma and Travellers of Irish heritage, and this should be recorded on school admission forms.
Local authorities have a statutory duty to provide education for all school-age children who live in their area, including GRT children.
GRT children may have additional needs in school, which will need special consideration.
Why support GRT children?
Every child has the right to education, regardless of parental status or length of stay in the area.
GRT children are among the most vulnerable of any identified group. They often have difficulty in accessing education, due to:
- a highly mobile lifestyle exacerbated by shortfall in site provision
- a poor family history of formal education
- conflicting cultural expectations and demands
- no expectation of secondary school attendance or achievement.
Education for GRT children means enhanced life choices and skills. A welcoming and encouraging school can improve a child’s attendance and progress in school work and can help GRT children acquire the skills vital for everyday life.
Education can lead to acceptance and greater understanding of cultural differences by both Gypsy, Roma and Travellers and non-Travellers.