Specialist Services and Provision

Gypsy Traveller Education

The Gypsy Traveller Education Service engages with the community by: 

  • supporting families in maintaining regular attendance in all school settings ie Flying Start, nursery, early years, foundation stage, primary, secondary schools, family learning and further education
  • improving the capacity of schools to better meet the needs of Gypsy Travellers, narrowing attainment and opportunity gaps, improving academic achievement and ensuring equality of outcomes
  • highlighting success stories and promoting good role models
  • promoting the value of regular attendance with Traveller families
  • visiting and supporting families on the five residential sites and bricks and mortar housing accommodating over 200 Gypsy Traveller pupils and their families
  • encouraging families to allow their children to take part in school visits
  • developing and delivering training to school staff, governors and outside agencies in order to promote understanding and integration
  • supporting parents to enable them to become confident in engaging with the education system, schools and school staff. 

The Gypsy Traveller Education Service responds to any specific cultural needs or issues that may exist for children, young people and families in order to raise academic achievement, and to improve outcomes and life chances.

The Pembrokeshire Gypsy Traveller Education Service is highly regarded by Gypsies, Travellers, Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales, the settled community, the police and members of the local community. It is based in Monkton Priory CP School.

"Monkton Priory School is an excellent example of how providing a first class education encourages Gypsy Traveller children to achieve their full potential. It is a true beacon that the whole of Wales would do well to follow." Former Social Justice Minister Dr Brian Gibbons

Citizenship is an important part of the curriculum. Young Gypsy Travellers have visited the Town Hall, County Hall, Welsh Assembly, Houses of Parliament and the European Parliament in Brussels. Pupils sit on Save the Children's steering committee for their Travelling Ahead Project and represent their community on the Save the Children's youth forum. Pupils have also given presentations to Baroness Whitaker, vice-chair of the all-Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsy Roma Travellers in the House of Lords.

"It is well known that the Gypsy Traveller community places great store on protecting their children and that sometimes that desire to protect meant that many children did not continue with their education after primary school.

"Instead, boys would join the men at work and girls would help the women domestically.

"But here in Monkton that trend has been reversed and as I was to find out, the Gypsy Traveller community not only trust what the school does, they have come to rely on what the whole school can offer." Keith Towler, Children's Commissioner for Wales.

The service is regularly contacted by agencies across Wales and the UK. The service is highlighted as good practice. Researchers in the past 12 months have been commissioned by:- 

  • Welsh government research on Gypsy Traveller Education
  • Julie Morgan AM, Chair of the Gypsy and Traveller Cross Party Group
  • Romani Arts, a Gypsy Traveller community led project. 

 

For more information contact:

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Tel: 01646 685685

ID: 296, revised 07/03/2018