Traveller Education and Attainment Service
Together Empowering Aspiration
The Darlington Traveller Education and Attainment Service (TEAS) is a specialist service offering advice and support to schools on issues relating to the inclusion of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children in educational settings.
Incorporated into our work we provide an outreach service directly to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families to support access to and inclusion in education. The ultimate aim of the service is to ensure that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GR&T) children, young people (0-19) and their families have unhindered access to universal services.
Our Multi-Disciplinary Team, with their local, regional and national knowledge are able to use their expertise to provide support to schools to find solutions to the most challenging inclusion issues, which include:
Raising Traveller families’ confidence to declare their children as being part of the GR&T community, which will aid us in understanding, monitoring and supporting their educational needs and progress
We support schools and families with induction and assessment for admissions including mid-term. Advising schools on the preparation of distance learning packs and supporting their implementation. We promote and assist transition through all key stages.
Persuade and reassure Traveller families to encourage their children that school is a positive environment and attending regularly leads to improved life chances. Raising awareness in schools about Traveller lifestyles and culture including issues which may affect attendance.
Support and monitor schools to raise the level of achievement for Traveller pupils to ensure that they reach their potential. Implementing intervention programmes, which support re-tracking to identify gaps missing from children’s learning.
Through our archived reference library we have a wealth of resources that provide support and training for teachers and others to increase understanding and ensure schools celebrate and respect Traveller cultures and traditions in the curriculum for all pupils. We facilitate communities to participate and support Gypsy, Roma History Month annually.
TEAS is based within the Rydal Academy and can be contacted via our Advisory Teacher:
The Rydal Academy
Darlington DL1 4BH
Telephone: 01325 380784
Alongside our work with schools we provide an outreach service directly to GRT families to support access to and inclusion in education. Darlington’s TEAS also works in partnership with many other services and agencies that support, or seek to support GRT communities.
Together, our school-focused and outreach staff team has a comprehensive breadth of local, regional and national knowledge and expertise, and a commitment to finding solutions to the most challenging inclusion issues.
“Research studies have consistently identified Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils as the group most at risk in the education system. However, research evidence also confirms that, when Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils are given the right learning environment and experiences, they can be equally as successful as any other group.”
Moving Forward Together: Raising GRT Achievement, 2009
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