Legacy of Plowden mini-conference

23rd September 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm
Waldo Williams Suite
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

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