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A lot of the time you would be excluded from what the other kids were doing because of what their parents would be telling them at home, like, "Oh, you stay away from the Travellers and Gypsies".

Issue: Relationships and community discrimination

Negative attitudes about Gypsy Traveller children and their way of life are often formed in society in response to the media. These are brought into school by children who may be unaware of the hurt they are causing. community members.

My daughter was refusing to go to school on certain days. She was saying she felt sick. It turned out that they were having to get changed for PE in front of the boys. I went up to the school and told them it wasn’t our way but I knew they never really got it.

Issue: Different environments and cultural practices

Children often find it difficult to make sense of the school environment with its social practices, rules and routines, which can be different from their homes.

My brother got to talk about our culture at an assembly. Yeah, but after it happened it all backfired because obviously a lot of the children and teachers found out obviously what our culture is, and even the teachers were treating us differently.

Issue: Representing the culture in the curriculum

The Gypsy/Traveller culture should be represented and celebrated but children should only be involved when they feel safe and respected.

EFFECTIVE Actions

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Belonging and positive relationships

Belonging and curriculum relevance

Belonging and familiar environment

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