Why are schools still such hostile places for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children?

I know from experience how ostracised young people from my background feel in the education system. It’s time for change – Grace Claire O’Neill

As schools returned to some kind of precarious “normality” in September, I found myself reflecting on the experience that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children have of the education system. When looking at the performance and attendance of ethnic groups within both a primary and secondary setting, the statistics are staggering. A government study showed that pupils from GRT ethnic groups had the highest rates of overall absence and persistent absence compared to any other ethnic background. Gypsies and Travellers are 10 times less likely to go to university than their peers.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/04/schools-gypsy-roma-traveller-children-education-system?fbclid=IwAR25hI14wmpNxioKIiG6x1XfoMGH44PPMcnQ68x98pKeUo8eIp3Nk6dPzK4

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