TENET - The Traveller Education Network (Scotland)


Research in England and Wales indicated that the role of the TES (Traveller Education Service) in establishing relationships between parents and schools was crucial for securing access to school and providing practical advice and support to families. Reports also suggest that the kinds of relationships that TES staff shared with families were unique and took a number of years to develop.

In recent years TENET (the Scottish Traveller Education Network) has strengthened in number and impact. TENET came into being in 1998 when some of Scotland’s local authorities identified a need for a professional network to support Gypsy/Traveller education. The network has developed into a formal forum, supported and administered by STEP through Scottish Government funding. TENET is now a professional learning community dedicated to the education of all mobile communities, including Show families and European Roma. Members collaborate with each other and STEP in the production of resources, case studies, qualitative research, training and information exchange to benefit the education of mobile families throughout Scotland.

TENET members meet once a term for a day of professional development and networking. The group identifies priorities to reflect the changing policy landscape.  STEP works in partnership with a range of stakeholders from the public and third sectors to deliver training that represents all aspects of the mobile communities’ interests.  Recent partnerships have been with Respectme, The Office of the Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Education Scotland, Scottish Qualifications Agency, and Glasgow City Council. More recently, working through STEP,  TENET has been involved in consulting and informing Scottish policy development, particularly the guidance to accompany ‘named person’ aspects of The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, 2014. Members have also been involved in the development of the Scottish Government’s new national guidance ‘Improving educational outcomes for children and young people from travelling cultures’, due to be published early in 2017.

TENET membership is made up of local authority staff who have direct responsibility for the education of Travelling communities. Members are able to have access to a secure area of this site, where they are able to share specific, specialised and local information.

Contact STEP to find out about joining TENET

TENET secure area


TENET Training

May 2018

This session will focus on the Child Poverty Delivery Plan, ELC Family Learning offer and report on Ministerial Working Group.  Invited key note speakers from Scottish Government, Hilary Third (Equality Policy manager, Equality Unit) and Liz Levy (Early Learning and Childcare team) will open the session – followed by open discussion and breakout sessions.

Local authority insights and STEP news including our Ro|M|Ap project, using the app with mobile communities, and new resources and guidance.


March 2018




    • A.M:Additional support needs and the co-ordinated support plan (CSP) Are Gypsy/Travellers getting enough support?
    • P.M: Loretta Hamilton (SFC) provides an update on Scottish Funding Council’s work in gathering information about how ‘At Risk’ groups, including Gypsy/Travellers experience education beyond school.Chaired discussion: Finding pathways when Gypsy/Traveller pupils do not complete the broad general education.


5th December 2017




    • The professional standards, professional learning and practitioner enquiry in relation to teachers of children from travelling communities.
    • Improving educational outcomes for travelling communities: putting the guidance into practice (with Scottish Government).
    • STEP activities –  Ro|M|Ap: the Roma multilingual app to support mobility and social change, ESRC IAA-funded project
    • Co-producing resources to support mobile communities engagement with digital technology for learning



24th May 2017


Session 1

  • 3 apps to use with mobile communities
  • Using language apps with families – co-producing resources and guidelines
  • Managing learning from a distance (Glow, Edmodo, etc)


Session 2

  • Member professional update
  • Online professional learning and update


Session 3

  • Funding sources for special projects
  • Local Authority web pages







2nd February 2017


  • Building new knowledge about travelling communities
5th October 2016
Training delivered by SQA and CLD colleagues

  • Overview of new and relevant courses and qualifications, for example, Certificate of work readiness, National Progression Award Level 4, Tenancy and Citizenship NPA and Work placement units.
  • Addressing practical problems in delivering courses to travelling communities (entries, moderation, certification, flexibility)
  • Sharing practice across Scotland (please contact STEP if you would like to share your own practice or successful models in your area).
  • Contacts to support you in your area.
18th May 2016

  • Identifying additional resources for intervention projects
4 February 2016

  • Tackling bullying with mobile communities in partnership with Respect Me
  • Developing bullying advice for schools
May 2019

This session focuses on digital skills and resource training from Brian Clark, Education Scotland.  The workshop will involve exploring the National Improvement Hub and GLOW tools.  The afternoon session will be an opportunity to hear national and regional news, project updates from STEP and Scottish Government and Cosla Overview and  consultation on the draft Action Plan. Afternoon speakers include Hilary Third (Scottish Government) and Janine McCulloch (Education Scotland).


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February 2019

This session focuses on developing literacy with GYpsy/Travellers. Speakers include Nickat Yusaf on Edinburgh Council’s literacy for older learners shcheme, and Hannah Sycamore from Scottish Book Trust talking about engaging reluctant readers.  

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