DfE consultation on the future of Traveller education

Published on Friday, 19 October 2012 16:18
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, has launched a public consultation on proposals for the future of education provision for Traveller children. The Draft Traveller Child in Education Action Framework sets out proposals that will improve access to educational opportunities for children and families and give children the best possible start in life.

The document takes account of the recommendations made in the report by the Taskforce on Traveller Education, published in December 2011, to which Early Years Toybox team members were key contributors.

The main elements of the draft Action Framework are:

  • Provision of consistent support and practice aimed at improving the access, participation and attendance of children and young people in education.
  • Improved engagement and participation with children, young people and their families.
  • Review of the practice of providing dedicated transport to pupils attending schools in the Belfast area.
  • Review of legislation which allows for children of no fixed abode to attend schools only 100 days a year if it can be proved that a parent has been travelling on business.
  • Consistent capacity building initiatives and training to support and assist teachers in developing an inclusive ethos within the school environment.
  • Additional support to Traveller children when they move from pre-school to primary, and primary to secondary.
  • Encouragement of pupils to effectively use careers services and improved Traveller specific information to careers advisers and teachers.
  • Promoting parental involvement and assisting parents to support their child's learning.

The Department of Education is keen to hear the views of all who are affected or interested in these proposals. The consultation will close on Monday 31 December 2012.

The full Department for Education release can be accessed here

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