Written evidence submitted by the Traveller Movement



Submission to the Education Committee Inquiry into Home Education


Submitted 5th of November 2020



About the Traveller Movement  

The Traveller Movement (TM)[1] is a leading national charity committed to the fulfilment of Human Rights for ethnic minority Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) people. The Traveller Movement’s mission is to develop a platform and voice for Travellers, working in solidarity with Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) people to achieve equality through self-determination and proactive participation in influencing and shaping policy. We have particular expertise in tackling local issues and shaping national policies. This is achieved by a proactive community advocacy strategy, capacity building and acting as a bridge between the GRT sector, service providers and policy makers, thereby stimulating debate and promoting forward-looking strategies to advance equality, civic engagement, inclusion and community cohesion.








In 2019, the Women and Equalities Committee found[2] that policymakers had comprehensively failed Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities in the UK. It also found there had been a persistent failure to tackle long standing inequalities facing Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in any sustained way. Given this starting point, it is unsurprising that GRT communities are deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reason for submitting evidence

The Traveller Movement is responding to this call for evidence[3] because high numbers of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children and families opt for elective home education and are overrepresented[4] in local authority home education statistics.  This has long been an area of concern for us, and we have submitted to previous consultations and have done research on this area.  However, since September 2020, the Traveller Movement has received numerous calls from people inquiring about, and opting for, elective home education as a result of factors associated with COVID-19. This is a new and worrying development and one that requires significant attention. 

Our Response

COVID-19 and Elective Home Education

Elective Home Education Register

Benefits vs disadvantages of home education



Support for Elective Home Education

Role that inspections should play


For more information please visit our website.


November 2020



[1] https://travellermovement.org.uk/about

[2] https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmwomeq/360/report-summary.html#heading-3

[3] https://committees.parliament.uk/work/620/home-education/

[4] https://travellermovement.org.uk/phocadownload/TM%20EHE%20report%20final.pdf

[5] https://travellermovement.org.uk/phocadownload/TTM%20Barriers%20in%20education_web.pdf

[6] https://travellermovement.org.uk/education?download=121:march-2016-never-giving-up-on-them-school-exclusions-of-gypsy-traveller-and-roma-pupils-in-england

[7] https://travellermovement.org.uk/phocadownload/TM%20EHE%20report%20final.pdf

[8] https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/the-right-to-education/