It is intended that the resource, which includes comprehensive guidance for teachers, will be used in schools across Wales to:
- raise standards of educational achievement among Gypsy and Traveller children and young people
- encourage these learners to make the transition to secondary school and fully participate in mainstream education
- reduce marginalisation and bullying of Gypsy and Traveller children and young people.
A range of teaching resources have already been produced by Traveller education services in Wales and England. A number of specialised websites serve the Gypsy and Traveller community; the best of these have been drawn together in this new resource. As much of the material as possible has been translated into Welsh so that ‘Travelling together’ can be used in Welsh-medium settings.
The teachers’ guidance explains where and how the material can be used to tie in with the national curriculum. The aim is to integrate elements of Gypsy and Traveller culture and history into general lesson planning.
For example, teachers could:
- use Gypsies and Travellers as one example of a population which was decimated during the Holocaust, along with the Jewish nation
- use traditional Romany Vardo wagons as an example of traditional homes, along with bender tents.
‘Travelling together’ provides an insight into Gypsy and Traveller customs and traditions, history and culture, which will interest all learners and build respect.