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Travelling people: School attendance

Parents are legally responsible for making sure that their child/children of compulsory school age receive a suitable full-time education. Generally this is by attending a school. Some parents may however choose for their child to be educated at home.

Parents/carers and children from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families have the same rights as any other family, in relation to access to school places. The law recognises that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families may have an additional reason to keep their children from school, which is different from non-Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families. This is because they may not have a permanent address due their parent(s) being engaged in a trade or business that requires them to travel from place to place. This therefore prevents their children  attending school. Nevertheless, each child must attend school as regularly as that trade or business permits.

Get information about applying for a school place in Waltham Forest

Get information about the responsibilities and requirements of home schooling.

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) children and young people - missing education

The Behaviour, Attendance and Children Missing Education (BACME) service holds responsibility for Children Missing Education (CME) not on a school roll. It is guided by legislation and mandatory requirements to deliver an appropriate education pathway for those young people considered to be amongst the most vulnerable in society.

GRT children and young people identified as having CME risks or needs fall under the remit of the BACME service.

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