Traveller Education Service

Who are we?

The Traveller Service has been working with this vulnerable community for over twenty years in Redcar and Cleveland.

Our Service makes regular visits to the Haven Traveller Site and to known key members of the community who are housed. We also teach at Unofficial Encampments, Circus and Fairs.
Many of the Traveller families are highly mobile within rented accommodation and this makes them a very hard to reach group for other agencies. Our close non-threatening relationship with key matriarchs in the community allows us unequalled access to local knowledge. Our understanding and respect for the Gypsy/Roma/Traveller culture, gained over the years, enables us to open the doors that remain closed to other services because of distrust and fear of prejudice.

The Traveller Education Team carries out its duties by :
  • Providing training to staff, promoting an inclusive and diversity aware curriculum, and sharing good practice.
  • Advising on teaching strategies and materials to aid inclusion.
  • Providing home/school liaison.
  • Assisting with the production and monitoring of Distance Learning Packs.
  • Supporting schools with self-evaluation and preparation for OFSTED.
  • Where appropriate, helping with the pupils induction into school and classroom support.
  • Providing cultural resources on loan to enhance the curriculum.

Teaching Support

The Team continues to work directly with pupils in schools. Last academic year we supported 47 pupils in 14 schools. Two specially trained teachers on the staff have been particularly beneficial for the schools and children. Advice and guidance in book selection and strategies in reading and writing have been provided on a regular basis.

Our results last year showed that 58% of targeted children made 2 sub levels progress in Reading and 50% made 2 sub levels progress in Writing. Gypsy/Roma/Traveller pupils are the lowest attaining group nationally and we are very pleased that with our support, in partnership with schools, the children are making expected progress.

Transition and Secondary pupils remain a key priority in light of the trend amongst Travellers to Home Educate. We operate a transition protocol involving home visits, accompanied visits to school and help with admission forms. We are very pleased that in Redcar and Cleveland only one child is on Elective Home Education. This is very rare because, nationally the percentage of Gypsy/Roma/Traveller Secondary enrolment is extremely low. Our early intervention strategies and support to families and schools have prevented many drop out situations

Who can access our Service?

Anyone involved in education or working with the Gypsy/Roma/Traveller communities. Schools do not need to have a Gypsy/Roma/Traveller child on roll to access our diversity and awareness work.

All Gypsy/Roma/Traveller children, whether they live a mobile lifestyle or not can access our service. Gypsy, Roma and Irish Travellers are defined as ethnic groups under the law and as such remain Traveller regardless of where or how they live.

Our service can be contacted on (01642) 201880 for advice and guidance.

Gypsies & Travellers

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