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Legacy of Plowden mini-conference

23rd September 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm
Waldo Williams Suite
FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE
173-7 Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ

The conference is free and there will be a snack lunch for those who book.

50 years ago the Plowden Report recognised that Gypsies and other Travellers were largely excluded from mainstream education in the UK and suggested targeted initiatives were necessary to create change. This was the beginning of a process of inclusion of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities into schools, colleges and universities, which continues today, and is still far from completion.

Lady Bridget Plowden was the first President of ACERT, and to celebrate this anniversary, we aim to bring together, community members, teachers and campaigners, young and old, to reflect on what has been achieved, and what is still to be done.  read more

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What has Traveller Education meant to you?

Over the past few year, ACERT has used its annual AGM/mini-conference to provide a platform for community members to share their experiences and perceptions. This year, we are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Plowden Report, Children and their Primary Schools, which laid the foundations of Traveller education and child centred education for the decades that followed. 

Display of silk-screen prints at City Hall, created in London schools for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History month.

Most Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have stories about how education was for them, how they were treated, what they learned and how it prepared them for the rest of their lives. For most the challenges outweighed the opportunities, and it wasn’t plain sailing for anyone. We’d like anyone with a story to tell, to feel welcome to join us, to celebrate our achievements, recognise our failures and plan the way forward. read more

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Online Cultural Competency Training

Drawing on our experience of delivering Gypsy and Traveller Cultural Awareness training to over 700 organisations and Local Authorities in the United Kingdom, we have developed an online learning programme which targets the key themes and questions arising amongst service providers about Gypsies and Travellers. The course is ideal for members of the statutory, voluntary or private sector wishing to engage or work more effectively with Gypsies and Travellers.

The course contains four modules:

  1. Gypsy and Traveller History and Culture;
  2. Challenges faced by Gypsies and Travellers;
  3. Positive Strategy – Accessing Services; and
  4. Positive Strategy – Participation.

Each module contains generalisable principles for better practice and learning opportunities about Gypsy and Traveller history, culture and more. The course can be completed in around 60 – 90 minutes and on completion, learners will receive a certificate to demonstrate their new knowledge and understanding of the Gypsy and Traveller culture and community.

Learning outcomes:

  • Increased knowledge of culture, traditions and history of the Gypsy and Traveller communities;
  • A better understanding of diversity within the Gypsy and Traveller communities;
  • Identified obstacles to access and attitudinal issues or barriers in education, health, employment, accommodation, safeguarding and other public services, that inhibit the delivery of quality provision to Gypsy and Traveller communities;
  • Improved understanding of how to engage effectively with the Gypsy and Traveller communities and what they can do to address exclusion and ensure inclusion in the delivery of services.

The training package allows it’s users to access learning at a time and place that suits them and offers cost savings for organisations and local authorities. read more

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