Traveller communities include Gypsies/Romanies, Irish Travellers, fairground and circus families, housed travellers and New Age Travellers.
- to assist schools in developing whole school strategies that reflect the identity of all pupils and to extend awareness and appreciation of Traveller culture within the community
- to support and encourage Traveller families in the education of their children
- to work with schools in giving Traveller children equal access to the curriculum
- to work with schools, families and Traveller communities to increase the level of achievement of Traveller children in education and to improve their access, attendance and participation in schools.
- to ensure equal access to education for Travellers regardless of how long they will attend school
- to support schools in developing a curriculum, available to all children, which reflects both Travellers' history and their present situation
- to support positive relationships between Traveller families and schools
- to liaise with other agencies to improve the quality of services available to Traveller families
- to raise school attendance of Traveller pupils in primary and secondary phases by working jointly with the Education Welfare Service
- to provide intensive support, both in schools and on site, and initial integration support for pupils who demonstrate great need
- to raise and monitor the level of achievement of Traveller pupils to ensure that they reach their potential.
Additional support offered by Croydon Traveller Education Service (TES)
- in-service training to encourage good practice for those working with the Traveller community
- the development of whole school projects that support effective curriculum planning to meet the needs of Traveller children
- offering access to resources that can be used to facilitate planning.