Schools have been told they have to make special allowances for misbehaving pupils from gypsy and traveller families.Great! Can’t see any problems ahead with that policy, can you?
Teachers have been warned they could be taken to task under the Equality Act if they discipline or exclude such children from schools./facepalm
Cash-strapped schools are even told they should launch an ‘outreach’ programme with a dedicated member of staff to ‘build trust’ with traveller families.
Every school? Even those with no traveller population nearby?
Under Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance, teachers are told to be sympathetic to traveller parents because they struggle with ‘confidence’ issues and are put off attending school meetings to discuss their children’s behaviour.I just can’t imagine who thought this would be a good idea. Well, I can…
A guidance note said: ‘In cases where parents co-operate with the headteacher and are shown to be committed to assisting the pupil to manage their behaviour, it is less likely that the pupil will face exclusion.
‘This procedure may indirectly discriminate against the gypsy and traveller pupil whose parents may be less likely to come to the school to speak with the headteacher.’
Katharine Birbalsingh – who was fired as a deputy head after laying bare problems in the state school system – said: ‘The idea that certain groups should be protected from exclusion is nonsense.It’s the racism of low expectations again…
‘How insulting is this guidance for gypsy and traveller children? It basically suggests that they will go on to be problem pupils.’