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Improving attendance and reducing persistent absence

Attendance advice for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children

This advice gives information for parents and carers of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and those who work with them in schools and local authorities.

It is important for schools and local authorities to understand the culture of children and young people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities as this reduces the risk of underachievement or exclusion of the pupil. The best opportunities are found when parents/carers, schools and local authorities understand each other and plan and work together in the interest of the child.

The advice explains what the law says and describes some good ideas about school attendance for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils. Download the whole document from the top right of this page.