Bullying and racism cause low school attendance among Gypsy pupils

According to MPs is bullying, racism and feeling left out of the curriculum the main reasons for low school attendance among Gypsy, Roma and traveller children. That is also the reason, why they have the worst educational outcomes of any ethnic group.

Sean Harford, national director for education for Ofsted, said: “Exclusions are very high – exclusions, absence, a lack of previous education, certainly in the case of Roma children coming from Eastern Europe, and areas of bullying and racism.“

“There’s a push and a pull factor here, I think, between some schools that push the children away and don’t make them welcome [and] others where the families are pulling the children away at the same time.“

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45498034

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