The Basin – radio play by Dan Allum

Dan Allum – Writer and Artistic Director of the Romany Theatre Company.

Dan’s new radio play – THE BASIN – was be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 2.15pm on Thursday 18th Sep. The cast includes Ellie Kendrick (Game Of Thrones) Joe Sims (Broadchurch) and Candis Nergaard (Glue).

Dan is also Romany Consultant on GLUE, an new 8 part TV drama series written by Bafta Award Winner Jack Throne which begins its broadcast on E4 on Monday 15th Sep.

Partnerships: ACERT 2014 mini-conference and AGM

Saturday 20th September 2014

Friends Meeting House
173 Euston Road
London  NW1 2BJ


9:30 – 10:00 am Registration

10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome and introduction

10:15 – 10:35 am Achievements and challenges – Chair’s report.

10:35 – 10:55 am Gypsy, Roma and Traveller rights in Parliament Baroness Whittaker, Gill Brown

10:55 – 11:15 am Roma community organisation in the UK Denisa Psenickova,

11:15 – 11:35am Including Roma in Secondary school – Jan Dunka

11:35 – 11:55 am Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Police Association – Petr Torak

12:00 – 12:20 pm Gypsy, Roma and Traveller rights in Europe – Andrew Ryder

12:20 – 1:00 pm ACERT AGM and elections

1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch (not provided) and networking

2:00 – 2:20 pm Home Education: ‘ Travellers and Home Education: safe spaces and inequality’ Kate Darcy

2:20 – 2-30 pm Hearing the voices of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities – Andrew Ryder

2:30 – 2:50 pm Dan Allum Romany Theatre Company

2:50 – 3:00 pm Valdemar Kalinin Poetry

3:00 -3:20 pm The Romani Cultural and Arts Company – Isaac Blake

3:20 – 3:30 pm Royal Opera House bridge project

3:30 – 3:45 pm Conclusions and thanks.

This conference is free but we would appreciate if people book to assist with planning

Date for your dairy: Saturday 20th September 2014



ACERT 2014 Conference and AGM

20th September 2014 9-30am to 4-00pm

George Fox Room
Friends Meeting House
173 Euston Rd
London NW1 2BJ

With minimal commitment from central government, and limits on charitable funding, voluntary organisations have to maximise their effectiveness through partnership and cooperation. The aim of this free conference will be to give and overview of recent development in the UK and Europe as well as showcasing exciting things happening in the UK now. We hope to provoke interest and discussion from participants to help shape ACERT’s agenda for 2014-5. The AGM, which will be between 12-30 and 1-00pm, will elect the Executive Committee which will be  responsible for implementing our decisions.

We would be happy to hear from any organisations or individuals who would like to tell us about initiatives in which they are involved, and we will send out a more detailed agenda after our next EC in mid-July.

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Gypsies narrow the attainment gap, but Irish Travellers flat-line

Data provided by the DFE, in response to a request from ACERT, suggests that the gap between Gypsies and other pupils at GCSE is beginning to close, but that Irish Traveller achievement at 16 is flat-lining. Both these figures must also be read in the context of significant drop-out throughout the secondary phase and the substantial number of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers who change their ethnic identification.

ACERT asked for the data on the Gypsy/Roma group (red) to be split into pupils who have English as a home language (royal blue) and those who don’t (light blue). This method was used in the NFER study “Improving Outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils” and broadly separates established Gypsy communities from more recently arrived Roma groups.


GCSE equiv 5+A-C

The data also suggests that:

  • Gypsies, Roma and Travellers especially Roma start at a significant disadvantage.
  • Roma are the lowest achieving group but the gap has narrowed in KS1 Average Points scores.
  • Irish Travellers narrowed the gap at KS2 in Reading and Maths
  • Irish Traveller Fixed Term Exclusions remain high, while Gypsy exclusions have fallen.
  • Gypsies are narrowing the gap at GCSE (5+A-C E%M) but Irish Travellers are flat-lining; better picture 5+AtoG.
  • Attendance for all groups has improved although Gypsy, Roma and Traveller attendance remains significantly below others
  • Numbers of Roma in the school population have increased substantially but remain small as a proportion of total population
  • Increasing numbers English First Language Gypsy/Roma in Primary, but not in secondary
  • Dropout remains a huge problem and KS3 and 4

The full data and a presentation are available at