Travellers and Home Education

Safe spaces and inequality

Paperback / softback, 116 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
26 Jun 2014
Trentham Books

Price: £21.99

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Elective home education (EHE) is a legal alternative to school in England but the statutory requirements for provision are remarkably vague. This book explores the use of EHE by Gypsy and Traveller families. The accounts of their experiences and their views about education spaces reveal the racism and discrimination their children encounter in school, and how Gypsies and Travellers still lose out when they opt for EHE.

The voices of Gypsies and Travellers are seldom heard. The stories they tell here give insight into the stereotypical assumptions based on the pejorative portrayals that are peddled in the media and echoed in the mainstream literature, which too often shape the scripts of the education providers.

Kate D’Arcy brings the insights offered by the Travellers together with a searching analysis of EHE provision to yield valuable new understandings about inequality in education. Travellers and Home Education is essential reading for teachers and educational managers, students, academics, policy makers and for the Traveller communities. The critical appraisal of race and racism will particularly interest those who are passionate about working towards social justice.

  • Kate D'Arcy

    Kate D'Arcy is currently acting principal lecturer in the department of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bedfordshire.

CONTENTS: 1. Home education and educational inequality; 2. Gypsies and other Traveller groups – background information; 3. EHE as an alternative educational space to school; 4. Gypsy and Traveller children in mainstream school; 5. Gypsies, Travellers and EHE: The tales told; 6. Critical race theory, education and all Travellers; 7. Undertaking research with marginalised groups; 8. Gypsy and Traveller families' practices of EHE; 9. The stories Gypsies, Travellers and Showmen tell; 10. How Saltfield manage and monitor EHE; 11. Choosing EHE; 12. Educational spaces and inequality

‘This book makes an original contribution to a neglected area of research. A must read for anyone interested in educational inclusion, social justice and equity.’

Dr Kalwant Bhopal, Reader in Education, University of Southampton

‘This is a timely and impressively well-researched and informed contribution to the much needed debate and action to secure equality in education for the most marginalized communities in Europe. It should be a welcome reminder to all those concerned with ensuring that all children have equal access to quality inclusive education, including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children.’

Arthur R. Ivatts OBE, International Consultant on Inclusive Education and Human Rights