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Improving the Outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Pupils

Literature Review

This review has highlighted the vast array of literature and, more recently, official documentation and guidance relating to improving the outcomes for Gypsy and Traveller
children that exists. Equally, examination of the sources included within this study has revealed many examples of good practice in working with these groups. However, in spite of this, the school attendance and achievement of Gypsy Traveller pupils remain well below expected levels. Discriminatory school policies and practices, low expectations of Gypsy Traveller pupils, negative attitudes and stereotyping, racism, bullying, lack of curriculum relevance, lack of understanding of Traveller culture, as well as social and economic disadvantage, have all been identified in the literature as factors adversely affecting this.