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…

John Kai Cole (24th May 1953 to 23rd January 2017)

John Cole

John Cole served as an Executive Committee member of ACERT until he became ill early in 2016. John worked as the coordinator of Traveller Education in Liverpool for 25 years, after training as a youth worker at Cartrefle College in North Wales. 

In his Eulogy, his  younger brother said “John was the loveliest, kindest, sweetest most caring person you could wish to know.” That was the experience of those of us who worked with him. He added, “John never liked to talk about his achievements, but from what others have said, he was well liked and much respected by the people he worked with, and worked for.”

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Welsh report on impact of loss of ring-fenced funding

The Welsh Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee have published the final report from their Inquiry into the Education Improvement Grant, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller and Minority Ethnic Children

The overall aim of this inquiry is to consider the impact of amalgamating the previously ring-fenced grants into the new Education Improvement Grant from 2015-16 on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller, and Minority Ethnic children. The inquiry will focus specifically on their educational outcomes and considered:

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