Effective Distance Learning for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils

Many Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) pupils, particularly those from the Fairground/Showman community, travel for significant periods of the school year. For Fairground/Showman families, the travelling season usually starts around Easter and ends around November. This means that pupils from Fairground/Showman communities have limited time in school. It should be noted that not all families have the same travelling pattern so individual pupil’s situations can vary; schools are advised to check with each family to establish the details.

Distance Learning can be an effective way of supporting Traveller pupils to continue their education whilst travelling.

The aim of this guidance is threefold:

  • to provide information for schools and settings about Distance Learning
  • to suggest how to create Distance Learning Packs (DLPs) that are relevant and of a consistently high standard
  • to recommend ways of ensuring Distance Learning Packs (DLPs) are regularly and routinely used