The Gypsy Traveller Education Service engages with the community by:
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:-
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Tel: 01646 685685