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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 a teacher and a community worker to help and advise families and schools. If you would like help or information, please contact Ben Straker on 01432 261840 or Simon Licence on 01432 383492.

You can email us on grt@herefordshire.gov.uk and follow the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller facebook page.