By providing a range of services to support schools, Hampshire EMTAS works to improve access to, and engagement and participation in, education of Traveller children, young people, parents and carers

Traveller backgrounds include Gypsy, Roma, Travellers of Irish heritage, Showmen, Circus and New Travellers.

EMTAS Study into the use of the T Code

Published in March 2017, this longitudinal study looks at the use of the T code by schools  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 496kB to record pupil absence. It offers guidance on the correct use of the T code and includes recommendations for schools with Traveller pupils on roll who travel with their families for economic purposes during term time.

FAQs about Traveller Children in Hampshire schools

This publication was written for education, teaching and support staff who work with children of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) heritages and comprises questions that are frequently asked about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Read the document  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 254kB.

Roma Children and Families in Hampshire

EMTAS has produced a document comprising FAQ in relation to Roma children and families in Hampshire schools. Read the document.  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 268kB

Research into Roma Communities

Marc Penfold’s research paper Improving educational outcomes for pupils from the new Roma communities is published on the British Council EAL Nexus website. It's a comprehensive, readable piece of research that includes many links - readily transferable to a Primary context.

Penfold’s research provides an excellent insight into current thinking about the rates of achievement, attendance and ascription of Roma children in UK schools. Offering examples of good practice which are readily accessible and which can be implemented at any Key Stage, teachers of EAL and GRT children will find something to develop their practice and enhance provision in their school or setting. It is worth noting that as in many works there are issues of contention. The author repeatedly states that UK Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are happy to accept the label of Gypsy when talking about their culture. However there are many instances of UK Gypsies who do not like to be known as Gypsies because of the negative connotations and prefer to be known as Travellers. Irish Travellers and Showmen are often known to take offence at being called Gypsy, so it is worth getting to know the GRT community you are working with and take nothing for granted. Despite an occasional negative style of writing that appears to suggest that the ‘baggage’ Roma carry might include their cultural identity and sense of self, the report is well worth exploring with much to benefit the reader. The author provides many pointers and examples of good practice and insights to help understand the way Roma engage with education and how best to support that. Not as a stand alone work but coupled with experience, good teaching practice and an openness to develop relationships with the Roma communities, you will find this research something that you return to time and again.

Eastern European Roma: Cultural Awareness

The Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association site has a link to the East European Roma Cultural Awareness Guide which is comprehensive and very illuminating.

This Roma Support Group Guide, compiled in 2014, seeks to provide an overview of East European Roma that includes information about their history, culture and traditions.

This resource was initially provided as an aid to assist the Police Service as a whole, but in particular the Officers of the Metropolitan Police, to engage with Roma families in a positive way. It includes references and links to other published works as well as a very direct paper from the Council of Europe, Commissioner for Human Rights ‘Positions on the human rights of Roma’, which graphically depicts that unrelenting discrimination and anti-Gypsyism is far from eradicated in Europe and beyond.

There are sections on Police practice in both English and Polish that have been published in leaflet form, coupled with a number of case studies of projects to promote mutual understanding.

Overall, the guide comprises an insight into the history and culture of the Roma and provides some thought-provoking commentary and discussion topics.

Additional resources

Please refer to our SLA for Schools for more information about the support available.

The Traveller checklist of good practice Microsoft Word 84kB may be useful in supporting schools to develop their practice in relation to Travellers.