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A Pilot Study to Investigate Barriers to Educational Inclusion for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children in West Sussex

Bhopal, Kalwant, McGhee, Derek and Myers, Martin (2008) A Pilot Study to Investigate Barriers to Educational Inclusion for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children in West Sussex , Chichester, UK Minority Ethnic Services 23pp. (Report to West Sussex County Council).

Record type: Monograph (Project Report)


In March 2007 West Sussex County Council (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service) funded a research project to examine barriers to educational inclusion for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children in West Sussex. The research was carried out in West Sussex where there are large numbers of GRT children who attend local primary and secondary schools. The GRT families who participated in the research were from English Roma, Irish Traveller and Travelling Showmen backgrounds. The TES also work with GRT families from other diverse backgrounds including Scottish, European and New Age Travellers.

The research was conducted by the authors, all of whom participated in interviewing families and members of the TES. The research was particularly concerned to examine parent’s views of the TES and to explore the role of TES in the education of GRT children. We wanted to examine how parents felt about schooling and education in general and assess how the achievement and attendance levels for the group could be improved. The project also explored the views of members of the TES about related issues. We would have liked to examine the views of children, but this proved to be problematic. However future research must include the views of both children and school professionals.

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Published date: 2008
Keywords: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, schools, inclusion, diversity


Local EPrints ID: 67454
PURE UUID: 7f8e7519-be11-49fd-95fe-4be7e1f8906a
ORCID for Derek McGhee: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 19 Aug 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:19

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Author: Kalwant Bhopal
Author: Derek McGhee ORCID iD
Author: Martin Myers

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