The Adequacy of Traveller Education in Northern Ireland

Michael Potter, Jennifer Hamilton, Fiona Bloomer

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    The issues facing Travellers, including those associated with education are often linked to social exclusion, widespread disadvantage and discrimination (Reynolds, McCartan, and Knipe 2003

    ). The Office for Standards in Education (Office for Standards in Education 1999

    ) referred to Gypsy Traveller pupils as ‘the most at risk in the education system.’ Within this article issues pertaining to Traveller education are discussed and in particular accessing education provision in Northern Ireland. The article focuses on the views of the statutory and voluntary sector to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of educational provision for Traveller children and young people and reviews the policies in place relating to the provision of education for Travellers in Northern Ireland. It also considers the issue of segregated education for the Traveller community and how for some this segregation can exacerbate social exclusion, disadvantage and discrimination.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)501-524
    JournalRace, Ethnicity and Education
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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