Heads up: National Gypsy, Roma Traveller Education Network Event

Date: Friday 26th June 2020

Friends Meeting House Manchester

Time: 09:30 – 17:00 

The recent Race Disparity Audit revealed that young people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities experience severe educational exclusion. The closure of many Traveller Education Support Services and as a result the closure of the National Association of Teachers of Travellers (NATT+) in 2018 has left a gap in provision.

Many families have been left with no one to turn to when dealing with their children’s education. School teachers no longer have a support network to help them understand best practice to include Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and promote their achievement and opportunities.

ACERT believes there is a need for a network that supports both professionals, schools and families to ensure every child gets the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our aim is to bring people together and build strong relationships in and across Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities by upskilling professionals and better informing parents.

Our aim is to host an interactive community-led networking event for: voluntary sector, professionals, TESSs, schools, LAs, alternative providers, H&FE and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller parents and carers.

Our Objectives are to: 

  1. To provide an opportunity to celebrate and share examples of good practice 
  2. To create a network of support for parents and families, schools and other education settings working towards removing the barriers to educational inclusion so that every child can reach their full potential.
  3. This event will be an opportunity for practitioners to up-skill and consolidate existing knowledge and for parents to become better informed about their child(s) education.

Put the date in your diary and watch this space.

Using the law to address discrimination

Marc Willers QC and Tim Baldwin, Garden Court Chambers, set out an overview of the discrimination and socio-economic disadvantages experienced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in the UK which, despite equality legislation and legal protection for their traditional way of life, has changed little over recent years.

The failure of policy-makers to address the inequalities they experience was highlighted by the Women and Equalities Committee report: Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. The authors review recent Strasbourg and domestic discrimination case law relating to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

They conclude by identifying some goals to make better use of human rights and equalities legislation both as part of bringing cases and campaigning to improve protection for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Turning the tide of inequality conference report

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.

Widening participation in Higher Education

Michael Bennett

Associate Director of Widening Participation Kings College London

Review of GRT inequalities report

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

Good practice in practice

Pauline Anderson Director of Learning and Skills at Derby County Council


Chaired by Colin Clark Professor, School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland

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

Lucy Hood & Vasile Sandu St Matthews Primary school Ipswich

A minority within a minority

Chelsea McDonough
MA student and Rombelong ambassador

Chair’s report 2018-9

Lisa Smith ACERT Chair

Education Liaison at the Showmen’s guild

Tyler Hatwell

ACERT Trustee

Inclusion of Roma Children in East London schools

Nick Radu Mentor & Teacher

Talking to young Roma, Gypsy & Traveller people about careers


Nicola Hay

PhD Candidate, University of the West of Scotland

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

Chrissie Browne ACERT Trustee

Plenary discussion. ACERT priorities for 2019-20.

Chaired by Colin Clark Professor, School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland


Chair’s report 2018-9

Lisa Smith presenting Chair’s report

Lisa Smith outlined the work of ACERT over the past year, which included

  • ACERT Women’s activism conference 2018
  • Submission to the Elective Home Education consultation
  • Submission to the Ofsted inspection framework consultation
  • participation in the DfE Stakeholder Group
  • participation in Higher Education seminar
  • participation in Mayor of London’s Citizen-led Engagement program
  • collaboration with many organisations and publicising opportunities
  • planning northern network conference for Spring 2020