GRT resources

Ascription leaflet

Traveller Ascription leaflet

Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE)

This PSHE leaflet was written for Traveller parents and can be used by staff in schools to work through the most common objections to PSHE parents may have, by informing them of the purpose and content of PSHE lessons. It is recommended that this is done through face-to-face dialogue and that a copy of the leaflet is given to parents to take away for their own reference.

Recording pupil absences using the T code

It is important for schools to understand the cultures of children and young people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities as this reduces the risk of underachievement or exclusion of the pupil. The best outcomes are achieved when parents/carers and schools understand each other and plan and work together in the interests of the child.

On days when a pupil from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller family is known to be out of area due to the family travelling and is not in educational provision, schools can use the letter code T to record the absence. Download our leaflet on the use of the “T” code for further information about how it should be used and guidance on best practice strategies in relation to GRT pupils whilst they are travelling.

EMTAS Study into the use of the T Code

Published in March 2017, this longitudinal study looks at the use of the T code by schools to record pupil absence. It offers guidance on the correct use of the T code and includes recommendations for schools with Traveller pupils on roll who travel with their families for economic purposes during term time.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Fair dates

Every year, a series of fairs relating to aspects of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller cultures takes place at particular places throughout the UK.

Download and print off the GRT fair dates

Books - available to loan

EMTAS has worked closely with Swanmore C of E Primary School to identify Traveller based texts at KS1and KS2 that can be incorporated into Guided Reading Sessions. A set of discussion questions has been produced to accompany each of the texts in order to support a member of staff using the books to address any cultural issues that may arise.

EMTAS has compiled a book list of these titles. Schools can borrow the books which have been turned into packs to support group reading activities. Each pack includes a set of 6 books and discussion questions. Some packs include additional activities that can be used to supplement group reading. A synopsis of each book is given in the downloadable list and an indication of the Year Group for which the text may be suitable.

Quick Reference Guides for schools with Traveller children on roll
Persona dolls

EMTAS has a Traveller Persona Doll which can be borrowed by schools. ‘Chantelle’ comes with her own bag of items special to her, a story that reflects aspects of Traveller culture and a scrap book detailing the Hampshire schools she has visited. Especially popular during Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month (June), Chantelle can visit your school at any time of the year and she is an accessible way of introducing aspects of GRT culture to Key Stage 1 children in particular.

Growing-up bags

Many GRT families have concerns about their children being taught PSHE and SRE at school and may withdraw them from these lessons for cultural reasons.

To overcome these concerns, EMTAS has worked with a number of schools to produce a complementary session for GRT children that provides much of the information about how our bodies change as we become adults in culturally sensitive manner and ensures that many of the key topics which might otherwise have been missed are addressed.

These sessions are based around Growing-Up Bags and further information can be found on the EMTAS Moodle.

FAQs about Traveller Children in Hampshire schools

This publication was written for education, teaching and support staff who work with children of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) heritages and comprises questions that are frequently asked about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.