This DCSF guidance booklet is aimed at schools and local authorities. Since 2003, Gypsy/Roma and Travellers of Irish heritage have been identified as distinct ethnicity categories within the School Census. However, many parents and children choose not to disclose their identity at the point of admission for fear of bullying and prejudice. As a result, only small numbers of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils are being recorded officially which can cause schools, local authorities and policy makers to overlook these groups in policy development and implementation.
The focus of this document is on raising achievement, ensuring race equality and encouraging the practice of self-declared ethnicity ascription amongst Gypsy, Roma and Traveller parents and young people. It contains important checklists for schools and policy makers, strategies for encouraging higher levels of self-ascription, case studies and an aide memoire relating to duties under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.