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.
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.
London Gypsy and Traveller Unit has launched a powerful poster campaign against anti-Traveller and Gypsy prejudice, emphasising the contribution people make and the diversity within the communities. Downloadable resources are available here
The Guardian has published a positive article in its Features section, today 17th May.
ACERT Mini-Conference and AGM 2017
23rd September 2017
FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE
173-7 Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ
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.