Turning the tide of inequality

Annual conference and AGM 2019

Saturday,  28th September 2019
9:30am – 4:00pm

Lecture Theatre One,
Kings College London,
Bush House,
30 Aldwych,
London WC2B 4BG

The Parliamentary Women’s and Equalities Committee inquiry Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, published in April, concluded that the government had “comprehensively failed” Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities in the UK.

 In response to the report this year’s annual conference aims to provide an opportunity for community members, professionals and activists to discuss the outcomes of the report and identify practical ways in which we can work together to turn the tide of inequality.

Programme for the day

09:00 – 10:00

Welcome, registration & refreshments

Margaret Wood, Sue Mutter & Anne Walker

10:00 – 10:20

Opening remarks and chairs report

Lisa Smith ACERT Chair

10:20 – 10:40

Setting the thematic scene an introduction and critique of the Women’s and Equalities Committee inquiry Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities’ recommendations.

Arthur Ivatts OBE 

International consultant to governments and international organisations including the EU, UNESCO, UNICEF, Council of Europe, FRA and the Roma Education Fund

10:40 – 11:00

Gypsy Roma and Traveller Education: A Good Practice guide

Pauline Anderson 

Director of Learning and Skills at Derby County Council

11:00 – 11:20

A discussion on how Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and ACERT should respond to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee report Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Chaired by Colin Clark 

Professor, School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland

11:20 – 11:40

Innovative and successful ways St Matthews is working to improve outcomes for Roma children.

Lucy Hood & Vasile Sandu 

St Matthews Primary school 

Ipswich

11:40 – 12:00

Gypsy Roma and Traveller experiences in Higher education

MA student and Rombelong ambassador Chelsea McDonough

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch

 

13:00 – 13:30

AGM

 

13:30 – 13:50

Education Liaison at the Showmen’s guild

Tyler Hatwell

13:50 – 14:10

Inclusion of Roma Children in East London schools

Nick Radu Mentor & Teacher

14:10 – 14:30

Making “On the road” podcast and its impact

Nancy Prentice, Andrew Wilkie Prison radio Association

14:30 – 14:50

Talking to young Roma, Gypsy & Traveller people about careers

Nicola Hay 

PhD Candidate, University of the West of Scotland

14:50 – 15:10

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Student Lead in the Widening Participation Department at King’s College London.

Chrissie Browne ACERT Trustee

15:10 – 16:00

Plenary discussion. ACERT priorities for 2019-20

Chaired by Colin Clark 

Professor, School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland