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Policies and Guidance

Overcoming Barriers : Ensuring that Roma children are fully engaged and achieving in education

The report summarises how three local authorities and 11 schools have been working to meet the needs of Roma children from Eastern Europe. It identifies key issues and barriers and provides case studies of good practice.

Improving education outcomes for pupils from the new Roma communities

This project aims to identify background information required to understand the education needs of pupils from the new migrant Roma communities and bring together best practice and practical strategies to help meet these needs.

Best Practice Guidance for Schools Working with Roma Children and Families

This document has been written to help to improve the knowledge and understanding of Eastern European Roma communities residing in the UK. It has been written primarily for senior leaders, teachers and support staff in schools but will also be useful for other professionals working with these communities.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities brief background to their histories and cultures (2010)

This document provides schools with a brief background to the history and culture of Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities. However, while it is important to understand the history and culture of each of these groups in order to appreciate more fully who the pupils are, it is simplistic to define the pupils by this information alone. Like all pupils their identities are based on experiences and a wide range of influences, which may vary not only from the settled population but also from others within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

National strategies archived information available at:

Tackling Inequalities Experienced by Gypsies and Travellers - Progress Report by the Ministerial Working Group

This report was recently published  by Department for Communities and Local Government.
Andrew Stunell MP writes:

 "Improving social mobility is a principal goal of the Coalition Government’s social policy. We are determined to give everyone the ability and aspiration to prosper, breaking down barriers to social mobility."

This progress report outlines the challenges, but also includes 28 commitments from across Government that will help mainstream services work better with Gypsies and Travellers.
Another report is intended once there has been an opportunity to assess progress in delivering against these commitments.

Download the report from the Communities and Local Government website at:


Moving Forward Together: Raising Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Achievement

Publication date: Nov 2009
DCSF ref: 00710-2009FLR-EN

This guidance consists of four booklets. Each has been written to support schools in raising the achievement of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.

Key principles:

  • There are no inherent reasons why a child from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community should not achieve as well as any other child.
  • High-quality teaching and assessment, plus appropriate specialist interventions, supported by school leaders, will improve the achievement of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.
  • Achievement will only occur through the combined efforts of school, child and home.

Guidance is provided on:

  • learning and teaching approaches that will maximise the achievement of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils
  • conditions for learning that value diversity and build and promote self-confidence
  • challenging racism and promoting racial equality throughout the school
  • developing effective partnerships with parents, carers, families and communities.

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Raising the Attainment of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Pupils - Guidance for Initial Teacher Education Students, Trainees and newly Qualified Teachers

This document has been written for  trainee teachers who at some point will almost certainly have Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in their school. It is important that they know about these communities because research shows they are the groups most at risk of underachievement in the education system. Download from NATT+  website (national Association of Teachers of Travellers + Other Professionals).


CSF0136 Policy on School Attendance

The Hertfordshire County Council policy on school attendance covers:

  • Attendance advice for GRT children/DFE guidance
  • Producing a school attendance policy
  • Family holidays during term time and extended trips overseas
  • Children missing from education
  • Procedures for pupils who join and leave a schools admissions roll
  • Integrated Services for Learnng - Behaviour and Attendance contacts
  • Strategies to improve attendance and punctuality


The National Strategies Attendance advice – Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children
First published in 2008 Ref: 00891-2008FLY-EN

This advice gives information for parents and carers of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and those who work with them in schools and local authorities. It is important for schools and local authorities to understand the culture of children and young people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities as this reduces the risk of underachievement or exclusion of the pupil. The best opportunities are found when parents/carers, schools and local authorities understand each other and plan and work together in the interest of the child.
The advice explains what the law says and describes some good ideas about school attendance for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.


Improving Educational Outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Pupils  
What Works? Contextual Influences and Constructive Conditions that may Influence Pupil Achievement 

This is one strand of an investigation into the educational experiences of and outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) pupils. The research involves analysis of national data, a survey of schools, a literature review (which has already been published), and 20 case studies. Findings from the case study phase, which investigated practice in schools and other establishments serving GRT pupils, are presented in this report.

Case studies were undertaken in ten secondary schools, five primary schools, and five alternative education settings, with GRT pupils on roll. Researchers conducted face-to-face interviews and focus groups with staff from schools and local authorities, and with GRT pupils and parents.

Published 29 Oct 2009
Report publication code DCSF- RR170

This report can be downloaded from the NATT+ website at:


Building Futures: Developing Trust

A focus on provision for children from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds in the Early Years Foundation Stage

This guidance, which consists of a booklet and a DVD-ROM, invites practitioners across the whole range of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings to reflect on the quality of their provision for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children and their families. It is set within the context of the themes, principles and commitments of EYFS and adds to the guidance on inclusive practice contained within the statutory framework and the practice guidance.

Publication date: Sep 2009
DCSF ref:  00741-2009BKT-EN
Audience: Early years foundation stage practitioner, Early years leader, EMA consultant, Headteacher, Inclusion staff, Local authority staff
Format:  Booklet, CD/DVD

This report can be downloadedf rom the NATT+ website at:


Every Traveller Child Matters Too

A response to Every Child Matters by the Romany Gypsy community in Devon.


Provision and Support for Traveller Pupils

December 2003, Ofsted.

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