Education support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) families

All parents have a legal duty to ensure an effective education for their children. This is normally achieved by children attending school on a full-time basis. The legal duty is the same for all parents, including Gypsies and Travellers. There is a recognition that some families travel for employment reasons. Children's absence from school can sometimes be authorised in these circumstances. The Department for Education has a booklet for advice on attendance.

We provide extra support and help for families who are:

  • Romany
  • Roma
  • Gypsy
  • New Traveller
  • Showman
  • Circus
  • Irish Traveller

We can help point you in the right direction for any other services you may need help with, such as:

  • Finding school places
  • Finding nursery places
  • Transport
  • Equality and fairness
  • Progress in school
  • Language and culture
  • Racism and bullying
  • School attendance, the law and travelling
  • School exclusions
  • Special educational needs

We also employ two workers to help and advise families and schools. If you would like help or information, please contact Mark Duggan​ on 01432 383494 or Colin Jefferson on 01432 260295.

You can email us on and follow the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller facebook page.