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Gypsies/Travellers face quite particular issues with reference to education, in that their experience is often 'interrupted'. Gypsy/Traveller children often experience discrimination and harassment and this may have an impact on their attainment and participation. Recognition of the unique lifestyles and barriors that students from gypsie and traveller families face is important to mainstreaming their needs into research and policy on education.

Scottish Executive

  • Learning at a Distance Supported by ICT for Gypsies and Travellers: Young Peoples' Views (2006) This report presents the findings of research with Gypsy/Traveller and Showground Traveller pupils relating to their experience of interactive communications technology (ICT) and its support for their learning in schools. The research explored its potential, particularly in relation to electronic connectivity, for supporting access to a school curriculum when travelling or attending an out of school setting.

Scottish Centre for Research into Education

  • Traveller Pupils and Scottish Schools (2000) Travellers' mobility and patterns of comings and goings have implications for their children's education and for the schools in which they enrol. This paper discusses the framework of provision for these 'interrupted learners' and argues both for more flexibility and for more account to be taken of the potential of out-of-school sites of learning in raising achievement.

Save the Children

  • Denied a Future: Volume 2, The United Kingdom (2001) A benchmark text that describes legislation, policy and practice with regard to education provision for Roma/Gypsy and Traveller children in a number of European countries.