Improving educational outcomes for children and young people from travelling cultures

Closed 28 May 2017

Opened 21 Feb 2017

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The Scottish Government is committed to enabling all children and young people to reach their full potential, however Traveller children and young people’s educational outcomes are among the worst in Scotland. The Scottish Government have therefore worked with stakeholders to develop guidance to support those working with Traveller children and young people to improve educational outcomes over time. This consultation is seeking your views on the draft guidance.

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Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of the document subject to consultation is to provide guidance to schools, including early learning and childcare settings, and local authorities about how they can support children and young people from travelling cultures and their families to engage in school education.  The guidance covers all Travellers, including Gypsy/Travellers, Roma and Showpeople.  It aims to support greater understanding of the issues affecting learning and learning outcomes of Travellers in Scotland and to raise awareness of the learning barriers experienced.  It provides guidance on education authority and school practices to support improved outcomes at school and beyond. 

The consultation seeks the views of stakeholders who support Traveller families with children particularly: local/education authorities; teachers and other school staff; those who work with Travellers in the community such as in a health and social care context; those who can support transitions from school, including further and higher education institutions and community learning and development organisations; and Traveller representatives, such as third sector organisations. We also welcome views from Travellers themselves. We want views on whether the guidance as drafted is likely to meet its aim and to understand how we could improve the draft.

What Happens Next

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with
any other available evidence to help us.


  • All Areas


  • Children and Family workers


  • Children and Families
  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Education