Traveller and ethnic minority support service

Our Traveller and Ethnic Minority Support Service team consists of:

  • a co-ordinator
  • teaching assistants
  • an education social worker
  • a learning and work adviser

We work closely with schools, Local Authority services, voluntary groups and families to help meet the range of educational and social needs of York’s Traveller community.

Support for Traveller children and young people

We support children and young people from 0 to 19 years old, in a range of ways:

  • support for families with pre-school age children, in children’s centres, early years settings and on Traveller sites to encourage early learning and uptake of nursery and school places
  • specialist support for Traveller pupils  within York schools, across all phases - the teaching may be individual, in a small group or whole class, we run specific projects to support Traveller young people and provide support for highly mobile families, e.g. circus families
  • in class support from trained teaching assistants to help pupils access the curriculum - we have TAs working in Early Years, and Key Stages 1-4
  • holistic approach to help schools and families address issues that relate to behaviour and attendance, this might include liaison between schools, families and a range of agencies

Advice and guidance for schools

We offer advice and guidance on issues that relate to the needs of Travellers, such as:

  • resources
  • teaching strategies
  • cultural information
  • feedback to schools from liaison with families
  • information for OFSTED inspectors
  • liaison between schools at cross-phase transition or when a pupil changes school
  • advice and guidance to governors, early years practitioners, students, NQTs etc
  • the provision of curriculum resources that reflect cultural diversity

Advice and guidance for 14 to 19 year olds

We provide advice and guidance for 14 to 19 year olds who are experiencing barriers to accessing education, employment or training. This includes advice on post-16 options and issues such as housing, finances, sexual health, teenage pregnancy and mental health.

Advice and guidance for families

We provide advice and guidance to families on a range of issues that relate to education, and support with access to other services, such as housing, health, children’s services.

Training Opportunities

We offer training to teachers, support staff and governors on a range of issues, such as:

  • supporting Traveller children in school
  • promoting cultural diversity and an inclusive curriculum
  • responding to racial harassment
  • promoting community cohesion

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