We launched our new resource at the Principality Stadium in South Wales
Show Racism the Red Card joined up with the Welsh Government to deliver a conference on how to help settle Gypsy Romany Traveller young people in Welsh schools.
The all-day event held at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium welcomed teachers and professionals within education to provide additional support to those working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people.
The event aimed to promote and support the inclusion of GRT children in education with a focus on how to overcome the barriers these young people face.
Throughout the day delegates took part in three different workshops; recognising & responding to racism, embedding equality: a whole school approach and how it was for us… reflections and recommendations.
Delegates were asked to reflect on their own privilege and any assumptions they hold, exploring the power of language and recognising the diversity within the GRT community itself.
During the ‘how it was for us’ workshop delegates heard from Travelling Ahead, the Unity Project and the Priory Project who explained the work already taking place to increase GRT inclusion across Welsh education and offered advice to teachers on what they can do.
Young people from the GRT community shared their experiences of mainstream and specialist schooling and provided delegates with advice on how to communicate with GRT young people.
Delegates shared what they're already doing in their work with young GRT people and the challenges they face as well as gaining invaluable insight into how the young people wanted to be treated in school.
Head of pupil support at Torfaen Council, Tracey Pead, valued the lessons taken from the day:
“It's been a very informative day with a variety of thought provoking workshops.
“In the times we live in it is very apposite to discuss these issues.”
SRtRC gave delegates resources to take away including ‘Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children- Toolkit and Activities for promoting Equality and Tackling Racism’.
For more information and to access the toolkit visit http://srtrc.org/news/news-and-events?news=6210