Improving Educational Outcomes for Children and Young People from Travelling Cultures

Date: 14th April 2017
Category: Non-discrimination

The Scottish Government have worked with stakeholders to develop guidance to support those working with Traveller children and young people to improve educational outcomes over time. This consultation is seeking your views on the draft guidance.

Traveller children and young people's educational outcomes are currently among the worst in Scotland. The purpose of the document is to provide guidance to schools, including early learning and childcare settings, and local authorities about how they can support children and young people from travelling cultures and their families to engage in school education.

The guidance covers all Travellers, including Gypsy/Travellers, Roma and Showpeople. It aims to support greater understanding of the issues affecting learning and learning outcomes of Travellers in Scotland and to raise awareness of the learning barriers experienced. It provides guidance on education authority and school practices to support improved outcomes at school and beyond.

The consultation seeks the views of stakeholders who support Traveller families with children particularly: local/education authorities; teachers and other school staff; those who work with Travellers in the community such as in a health and social care context; those who can support transitions from school, including further and higher education institutions and community learning and development organisations; and Traveller representatives, such as third sector organisations. Scottish Government are also welcoming views from Travellers themselves. It is seeking views on whether the guidance as drafted is likely to meet its aim and to understand how the draft can be improved.