Annual Report 2010-11

2010-11 represented the first year of Coalition Government and many challenges for ACERT.
  • The localism agenda resulted in changes to planning guidance which Lord Avebury, President of ACERT, said  would reverse a trend in thereduction in the proportion of the caravan-dwelling Gypsy-Traveller population who are homeless, from a quarter in 2004 to 17% in 2011.
  •  The impact of the Dale Farm eviction, supported financially by the Government, clearly signalled the new climate
  • The gradual extinction of Traveller Education Support Services and the reliance on the Pupil Premium to meet needs
  • The Inter-Departmental Ministerial Working Group on Gypsies and Travellers (but not Roma), led by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

ACERT sought to respond to these challenges providing information to parliamentarians, stakeholders groups and  government consultations. In meetings with ministers, OFSTED and the Children’s Commissioner, we sought to ensure that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils remained on the inclusion agenda. We also worked with other organisations, such as the NATT+, ITMB and RSG, to develop effective and coordinated responses to developing policies.

Download ACERTAnnual report 2010-2011

AGM 2011

This year’s AGM took place in late September, again in The Community Rooms in Millman Street, London.

You can view the day’s agenda here


The new executive committee for 2011 – 2012 was elected as follows:

Chair: Brian Foster

Vice Chairs: Tim Everson & Bill Forrester

Treasurer: Hazel Terry

Committee: Thomas Acton, Pat Barr, Kate D’Arcy, Sally Palmer, Verity Nelson, Helen Blow, Anne Walker, Margaret Wood.

Chair’s Report

Pat Barr reported on the year for ACERT

Read Pat’s address


Eric Avebury delivered his update speech at the AGM. You can read his speech in full by following the link below.

Read Lord Avebury’s speech here

Cuts to Traveller Education Services

Michael Doherty reported on his research into the extent of cuts in Traveller Education.

Read Michael’s speech

Traveller Education: A DfE Perspective

Angela Overington spoke on behalf of the Department of Education.

Read notes on Angela’s talk

The Roma Support Group

Laura Grearson and Gabriella Smolinska-Poffley spoke about their organisation. The presentation file can be downloaded below. Note that this is a large file – over 18Mb in size.

Download Roma Support Group Presentation

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Download Roma Support Engagement Programme Leaflet

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Presentation by Alan Anstead

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Annual General Meeting 2009

This year’s AGM took place in late September, again in The Community Rooms in Millman Street, London. A well attended meeting heard Lord Avebury give the keynote speech. David Sheard of Cumbria County Council speaking about this year’s Appleby on the Hoof and a viewing of the DVD “Road to Success” were other highlights.

Keynote Speech

Eric Avebury delivered his speech at the AGM. You can read his thoughts in full by following the link below. He gave a view on the shortage of sites in the UK and reported on the Government’s first annual progress report on Gypsy and Traveller policy. With a possible change of Government in 2010 Eric gave a view on the possible impact on GRT communities and Traveller Education Services. Finally, he looks forward to the decision to establish a DCSF Traveller Forum.

Read Lord Avebury’s speech here

Education on the Hoof DVD

The DVD “Education on the Hoof” made at this year’s Appleby Fair was shown at the AGM. We have been granted permission to show the clip on our site. This film was made by Simon Evans.


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Education on the Hoof

The PowerPoint Presentation of Education on the Hoof can be downloaded and viewed offline below.

Education on the Hoof 2009 [1.2mb]


Cambridgeshire Race Equality and Diversity Service

Kate D’Arcy gave everyone present at the AGM copies of the new publication “Reminiscence” produced by CREDs.

Arthur Ivatts writes in the book’s introduction: “This wonderful book of photographs provides a telling story of the many and varied events that took place up and down the country during the month of June in 2008. I am sure the editor, Rose Wilson and her colleagues had an extremely difficult task in the sorting and selection process. We must all be indebted to all of them for this memorable historic archive which will be treasured by so many for so long.”

Further copies of Reminiscence are available for just £1.50.

Contact Kate D’Arcy: kate.d’

Cambridgeshire Race Equality and Diversity Service (Resources)

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