Topic briefing

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Last updated: 20 June 2022


Currently only a very small number of higher education providers refer to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller groups in their access and participation plans. Some of the approaches to meeting the needs of these groups are in the early stages of development or are yet to be scoped.

We will update this page with examples of effective practice in relation to Gypsy, Roma and Travellers’ access, success and progression from higher education as we identify them.

If you have, or are aware of, examples of effective practice on this subject please contact [email protected].

The below case studies explore approaches to supporting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in schools.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils: schools supporting access to education

The Department for Education have identified several schools showing successful practice in improving the attainment and attendance of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.

See the case studies

Fifth Park Academy: Supporting Roma students

SecEd have published a case study presenting the work undertaken by Fifth Park Academy, a secondary school in Sheffield, to develop an approach that would ensure Roma pupils could access the curriculum, were integrated into the school community, and that home-school relationships were established to increase attendance and attainment in school.

See the case study

Published 27 July 2020

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