Gypsy, Roma and Travellers' education | Oxfordshire County Council

Gypsy, Roma and Travellers' education

Education services for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and young people.

In Oxfordshire the education of Gypsy, Roma Traveller children and young people is located within The Education Inclusion Team.

The aims of the service includes:

  • ensuring Traveller children receive their full entitlement to education
  • promoting knowledge and understanding of Traveller communities
  • encouraging Travellers to have pride and confidence in their identity
  • strengthening the links between Traveller parents, schools and other services for children and young people
  • developing and including Travellers’ history and culture within the school curriculum

The Traveller community

The term Traveller is an umbrella term covering a number of cultural and occupational groups including:

  • Gypsy/Romany Travellers
  • Travellers of Irish Heritage
  • European Roma
  • Fairground/Showmen
  • Circus Travellers
  • New Travellers
  • Bargees

Specialist staff

A specialist Community Liaison Teacher meet the education needs of Traveller children who reside in or are travelling through Oxfordshire, that is:

  • Families living permanently on one of the six Oxfordshire County Council Traveller sites or on a private site.
  • Highly mobile Travellers resorting to Oxfordshire during the course of the year.
  • Traveller families living in houses. Travellers retain their cultural identify, values and expectations regardless of place of abode.

For advice and support parents and schools can contact us.

Traveller children under 5

Oxfordshire Family Information Service (OxonFIS) provides specialist support, including outreach for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families who would like information about

  • School admissions and school admission appeals
  • Early years and nursery places, including 2 year old funding
  • Children’s centres for 0-5 year olds
  • Services for children with disabilities or special educational needs
  • Local play activities

Activities for older children and young people aged 8-19

Opportunities, activities and general information for children and young people may be found on the young people's websites:

Last reviewed
19 September 2017
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