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Supporting GRT Education

Supporting GRT Education

Who we are

All contact to be made to Alison Pennicott  (Education Welfare Administrator) for redirection to either:

Jennifer Riches-Bishop - EWS and Access to Education Queries

John Edgar  - Teaching, Learning and Education Queries



Support includes:

  • Access to education for Gypsy Roma Traveller children
  • Promote regular attendance

We are currently able to offer:

Support and advice are usually given in one or more of the following ways:

  • Signposting to relevant departments 
  • Support with Admissions 
  • Supporting maintained schools with school attendance issues


Contact details

Children's Services
PO Box 156
Shute End
RG40 1WN

0118 974 6000


Traveller children who get extra support

The regulations setting out which Gypsy Roma Traveller children may get extra support identify the following:

  • Gypsy Roma Traveller pupils living on sites
  • Gypsy Roma Traveller pupils who are housed
  • Gypsy Roma Traveller families living on the roadside
  • Fairground and Circus Travellers
  • New Travellers
  • Boat Dwellers



We offer training according to need and this can be for whole schools or small groups.  We also offer informal discussions.  Please contact us for more information.


Partners in our work

We work with all relevant agencies to provide a coherent service for schools, the Local Authority and Gypsy Roma Traveller children and families. In particular, we work with:

  • Education Welfare Services
  • Admissions Sections
  • Children's Services
  • Early Help 

General information

A range of resources to support education are provided below:

 Collaborative Learning Resources: http://www.collaborativelearning.org/

Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month