Gypsy Traveller students in secondary school: perceptions of behaviour and patterns of exclusion

This DCSF research digest is based on a longitudinal study undertaken by Derrington and Kendall

(2004) and a subsequent paper written by Derrington (2005) which analyses perceptions of behaviour and patterns of exclusion. Findings indicate that, although the students' behaviour was perceived to be good by their primary school teachers, problems began to emerge during the first year of secondary school and more than half the sample (24) had self-excluded by the age of fourteen. Almost one in three were temporarily excluded by their schools on at least one occasion during Key Stage 3. The research suggests that patterns of resistance to secondary schooling should not be solely attributed to cultural influences.

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