The legacy of Plowden

ACERT Mini-Conference and AGM 2017
23rd September 2017

The cover of the Plowden report

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The Plowden Report, Children and their Primary Schools was published in 1967, 50 years ago and recommended, among other things, Education Priority Areas and Child Centred Education. The report included an appendix Gypsies and education and advocated targeted interventions and joined-up thinking to make sure that marginal groups were included.

157. The case of the gypsies illustrates another aspect of the policies required in educational priority areas. Improved education alone cannot solve the problems of these children. Simultaneous action is needed by the authorities responsible for employment, industrial training, housing and planning.

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Experiences of post-16 provision

Elaine Clinton, a recently retired Ofsted FE and Skills HMIinspector has emailed ACERT looking for any examples of where a college or local authority or any other provider of education has gone out of their way to reach, include, support and enable progress of Gypsy Roma and other Travellers.

The case studies will be included in nationally available learning resources for senior managers of post 16 providers, to provide examples of good practice of the inclusion of minority, hard to reach and excluded groups into Further Education.

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World Gypsy Dance Championships 2017

ACERT has been contacted by Róisín Mullins-Jacobs, a Sky TV Presenter, Sky TV talent show judge and accomplished Irish dancer, who is organising the first ever World Gypsy Dance Championships 2017 will be held in London on Saturday 27th May.     The championships are an International dance contest open to male and female child and adult dancers of the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller community  – all dance styles are welcome from Irish Dance, to Romani Dance to Step Dance to Flamenco and more…