Today, we mark the launch of the Traveller Movement’s new education microsite as well as the release of a video we made to help promote it.
The new site can be found here. It is aimed at teachers, children and families alike – anyone who wants to learn more about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller education. On it, you can find information about exclusions, special educational needs, applying for schools and lots more. Watch the video below to learn more about it!
The right to education features in the Human Rights Act 1998, which means that the British government must respect and safeguard the right to education of every person in the UK. Unfortunately, the school system in the UK can often be hard to navigate, particularly for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children, so this website aims to provide support and information to help GRT kids flourish in their education.
The short film to accompany it represents the third time we at EachOther have worked with the Traveller Movement on video content, having previously been commissioned to make their ‘Operation Traveller Vote’ videos. This time around, they wanted a video to promote the launch of their long-planned microsite which contains information to help with any issues that parents, teachers or children face when it comes to GRT education.
The Traveller Movement’s own Education Policy and Campaigns Officer, Declan O’Driscoll, who we worked closely with on the video’s production, provides the voiceover, in which he outlines what you can expect from the site. Through the Traveller Movement, we were also able to get some lovely testimony from Kate Green MP, who, as well as being the former Shadow Secretary of State for Education, has always been a big supporter of GRT rights. Kate was very generous with her time and arranged for us to film in an iconic spot in front of the Houses of Parliament.
The video also includes a great endorsement from Pauline Anderson OBE, Chair of Trustees at the Traveller Movement and a former teacher, headteacher and current director of education at Derby City Council.
The video features several beautiful illustrations that the Traveller Movement commissioned Romani Artist Elijah Vardo to make, and these can also be found throughout the new microsite. These illustrations were an important part of the project, to show a positive, vibrant and importantly representational view of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
Finally, the video shows the website itself in action, along with some custom hand-animated flourishes – something which is becoming a staple of our collaborations with the Traveller Movement.
Watch the video for yourself and check out the Traveller Movement’s new microsite to learn more about the education system in the UK and how we can best support GRT children and families to thrive in it.