Traveller Movement launch Good Practice Guide for improving outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children in education

The Good Practice guide for improving outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children in education outlines three years of research, case studies, and good practice, as compiled by the Traveller Movement education and advocacy team. 

As well as providing an overview of the presenting issues, the report profiles good practice in schools and outlines what good schools are doing to encourage Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) pupils to remain and to thrive in education.

Press for Progress – Romani Resistance Day Conference

On the evening of May 16, 1944, in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, SS guards armed with machine guns surrounded the area of the camp designated for Roma and Sinti prisoners. Their intent was to round up the nearly 6,000 prisoners there and send them to the gas chambers. But when the guards approached the area, they were met with armed resistance from the inmates.

During this independently organised conference we will pay tribute to the Romani heroes, while drawing attention to the gap between policy and reality. Our purpose is to establish a 10 point straightforward Action Plan for the Government to improve the circumstances of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in all areas of life. This is an interactive event, providing the opportunity to engage in critical discussions surrounding Gypsy, Roma and Traveller matters and press for practical steps to be
implemented in order to tackle current obstacles.

The panel will comprise of distinguished members working in the field. The event will take place:

 Thursday 16th May 2019  6- 8 PM
Palace of Westminster
Committee Room 12
This is a free event and if you wish to attend, please email:

Living with Gypsy Musicians…..Rom mania!

This month the spotlight is on EC member Tim Everson. 


Shouts of applause arose through the smoke filled air as a young boy, no older than seven, launched into another burst of melodic notes on an electronic keyboard as he lead the band, of perhaps the most famous virtuoso Gypsy musicians in the world, who followed the melody on violin, cimbalom, accordion and double bass……. writes EC member Tim Everson.

As the music rose to a crescendo, cries of encouragement were followed by the appreciative audience of Gypsy and gauje on lookers throwing down fifty, one hundred lei notes onto the child’s keyboard!

I was in Romania, in the village of Clejani, home to the Gypsy band Taraf De Haidouks and staying with the family of the accordionist, Todei and his wife. This was the last stop on a trip to Romania living with Roma musicians accompanied by a small group of aficionados of Eastern European Gypsy music. Continue reading “Living with Gypsy Musicians…..Rom mania!”