Gypsy and Traveller Working Group and Action Plan

Education Action Plan

The Gypsy and Traveller Working Group Education Action Plan was created in July 2021, and will be reviewed in July 2022.

What we will do

  • Provide training to key staff in York schools around successful practice with families from Gypsy and Traveller backgrounds including raising awareness around the culture and history of the Gypsy and Traveller community
  • Offer advice, support and challenge to families and schools through York Traveller Trust
  • Look at structures and funding routes to add further support in partnership over time especially for home educated students

What we want to achieve

  • Improved relationships between the school community and the Gypsy and Traveller population within York
  • Less risk of fixed term or permanent exclusion for students from a Gypsy and Traveller background
  • Appropriate choices made regarding Elective Home Education for students from a Gypsy and Traveller background
  • Support and guidance for Gypsy and Traveller families Electively Home Educating
  • Support to maintain students in school, or to return them to school, when Elective Home Education is not appropriate

How we will know that it’s working

  • Gypsy and Traveller students are not overly represented in home education or exclusion figures compared to other groups
  • Gypsy and Traveller families who are Electively Home Educated can provide the necessary evidence that an appropriate education is being provided
  • Evidence of improved relationships between school settings and Gypsy and Traveller families in contact with the council and York Travellers Trust

Dan Bodey, School Inclusion Advisor, City of York Council.

Violet Cannon, Director, York Travellers Trust.

If you want to speak to The Gypsy and Traveller Working Group for advice about education, contact Dan Bodey on email: dan.bodey@york.gov.uk.

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Charlie Croft

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