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‘This is a school, it’s not a site’: teachers’ attitudes towards Gypsy and Traveller pupils in schools in England, UK

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This article examines teachers’ attitudes towards Gypsy and Traveller pupils in one primary and one secondary school in an inner London borough, in England UK. The research is based on in-depth interviews with twenty teachers, heads, deputies and classroom assistants. The main aims of the study were to examine examples of ‘good practice’ in schools and to explore strategies that would improve the educational outcomes for Gypsy and Traveller groups. This article will argue that despite schools implementing inclusive measures for Gypsy and Traveller pupils, this alone does not encourage positive attitudes or change attitudes towards them. In some cases, such practices work to emphasise the difference and outsider status of these groups

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Bhopal, Kalwant (2011) ‘This is a school, it’s not a site’: teachers’ attitudes towards Gypsy and Traveller pupils in schools in England, UK British Educational Research Journal, 37, (3), pp. 465-483. (doi:10.1080/01411921003786561).

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Published date: June 2011
Keywords: teachers, gypsy and traveller pupils, inclusion, racism, exclusion
Organisations: Social Justice & Inclusive Education

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Local EPrints ID: 79395
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/79395
ISSN: 0141-1926
PURE UUID: b03e1b77-a546-4bf2-8b04-2a26b95b9de8

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Date deposited: 15 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:18

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Author: Kalwant Bhopal

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