Thomas McCarthy – Traveller Story and Song

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy spent his childhood travelling and living in Ireland and England and learnt his songs and stories from his family. He is internationally recognised for his wonderful authentic style of singing.

Thomas’ stories and songs are recommended particularly for children between the ages of 7-12. (Key Stage 2 and year 7)  His sessions are approximately 1 hour with groups of up to and around 30 children.

“Thomas builds a real rapport with groups. He doesn’t just sing and tell stories. He engages children in discussion and understanding around Traveller culture.” Eileen Mullervy, Lead Teacher, Lancashire Ethnic Minority/Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Achievement Service.

For further information or booking: email Nicky Snell at or ring/leave a message on 01524 389574 or 07508389428 read more

Ofsted recommends more support for Roma pupils

Overcoming barriers: ensuring that Roma children are fully engaged and achieving in education has said that children from Roma backgrounds must be better supported to learn and achieve, after figures revealed the number of “Gypsy/Roma” pupils enrolling in English schools increased by 13.7% to 19,030 over the past year. The watchdog surveyed three local councils and 11 schools with a large intake of Roma pupils from Eastern Europe. Although head teachers reported no adverse effect on the achievement of other pupils already in their schools, some schools had struggled to get pupils to follow school routines and behave appropriately. Ofsted recommends that local authorities should ensure that there is a dedicated and knowledgeable senior leader who can push forward the local authority’s strategies for improving outcomes for Roma pupils. The report went on to note that some schools have felt obliged to meet the costs of lunches, uniforms and trips for Roma pupils despite not receiving funding to do so. read more