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Traveller Education

Traveller education

Within Cheshire West and Chester there is one part time Gypsy Roma Traveller Education Adviser whose main role is to:

Monitor the educational attainment of Gypsy and Traveller communities

  • The progress of all Traveller children attending primary schools is tracked.

Raise awareness and understanding of Gypsies and Travellers and their culture

  • Training is provided for schools, settings, university students on Traveller lifestyle and culture
  • Advice and guidance is given on teaching materials to promote Traveller lifestyle and culture
  • Use of drama presentation for adults and children promoting an understanding of Traveller lifestyle and culture

Support Traveller children and the schools which they attend

  • Work with other teams and agencies in resolving any barriers that may exist which would impact on children’s progress at school

Promote educational opportunities among the Gypsy and Traveller communities

  • Information on appropriate college courses
  • Work with other agencies to provide family literacy projects

Ensure equality of opportunity, access and inclusion for Gypsies and Travellers in Cheshire West and Chester schools

  • Working with other teams such as Admissions and SEN to find Traveller children school places if they move into the area from another area
  • Promoting the attendance of pre-school Traveller children at Early Years settings

They provide:

  • Advice and support to schools regarding the needs of Traveller children and the use of appropriate materials and resources which positively reflect Gypsy and Traveller history, culture, language and lifestyle
  • In‐service training to promote awareness and understanding of Traveller culture and lifestyle.
  • Assistance with home/school liaison to promote better understanding of needs and opportunities and to encourage regular patterns of attendance at school.
  • Advice on welfare matters such as school transport and health related issues.
  • Liaison with other Local Education Authorities and agencies nationally.
  • A Resource Bank of teaching materials from which loans may be made to schools and students.
  • Facilitation with other agencies/projects e.g. family learning

Further information

  • Telephone: Antoinette van Ommen  01606 271540

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