£1 million education programme for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children announced

Education programmes to help support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils have been launched by the Communities Minister, Lord Greenhalgh, today (22 July 2021).

The new programmes will focus on boosting educational attainment, tackling exclusion and drop-out rates and improving pathways to employment for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, backed by £1 million government funding.

The pilot programmes will reach 150 schools and involve a range of targeted work, including:

  • reducing drop-out rates by engaging families with pre-school children and those transitioning from primary to secondary school,
  • targeting young people not in education, employment or training,
  • fostering better cooperation between councils, schools and families and
  • tutoring for catch-up lessons to support pupils whose education has been disrupted by the pandemic.

Bradford, Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Hillingdon and Surrey have been chosen as the pilot areas, with the programmes informing future government work that make a real difference to the lives of people in the community.

Communities Minister Lord Greenhalgh said:

Access to education is absolutely key to improving the life chances of all children.

Our £1 million education programme will reach over 600 children and young people in areas across the country.

This work will help ensure no community is left behind in the government’s drive to level up the nation.

Today’s announcement includes funding for the Open Doors Education and Training organisation to continue catch-up tutoring for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils, building on £400,000 invested last year to deliver catch-up support and expert guidance to help young people progress.

This funding complements the significant investment that Department for Education has made of over £3 billion for education recovery, including a significant expansion of its tutoring programme to support children and young people to make up for learning lost during the pandemic.

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