GRT resources

Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month: June 2022

For this June, under the theme 'homes and belonging', Hampshire EMTAS has put together some free-to-access resources and ideas to help schools celebrate Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month in style. Download the free pack.

Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE)

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Correct ascription by GRT and Showmen families can help ensure their children receive appropriate support with their education, including the use of the T code for those families who travel for work purposes. This postcard can be used to support conversations about the importance of correct ascription with GRT and Showmen families.

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 postcard 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.

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.

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.


The EMTAS blog is a good source of articles on different aspects of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller cultures and success stories from schools whose work with their GRT communities can inspire others. Browse the EMTAS blog for GRT articles.

GRT Training and Support for schools

Bespoke training can be provided for teachers, educators, social workers and other professionals to meet individual needs.

Training for schools will benefit whole school staff including administration staff, lunchtime supervisors and governors as well as teaching staff and Learning Support Assistants all of whom may have little or no knowledge about the cultures.

Training for colleagues working with GRT families and communities can be provided and tailored to meet your organisations’ needs. Confident and informed staff are better able to achieve desired outcomes and GRT families and communities are more engaged and willing to work with professionals who are aware of cultural norms and needs.

GRT Clinic

A GRT Clinic is a way of providing regular support from an EMTAS Specialist Teacher Advisor for your GRT Co-Ordinator. Visits can be scheduled once a term and can focus on any aspect of practice or provision for GRT children and their families. Download this leaflet for more information about the EMTAS GRT Clinic model of support.

Some of the EMTAS-run network meetings cover Gypsy, Roma and Traveller-related issues. Find a network meeting with a GRT focus near you on our training page.

Schools with a Service Level Agreement with EMTAS you can access all of our training and e-learning at no additional cost. These services are available to other organisations upon request. Contact Sarah Coles for more information.