Schools: Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month:Written question - 129731

Asked on: 26 February 2018
Department for Education
Schools: Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to re-establish the celebration of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month in schools.
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 06 March 2018

We welcome the work of third sector groups in developing and promoting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) History Month and are supportive of schools’ involvement in the initiative.

It is for teachers to exercise professional judgement about how best to incorporate GRT history in teaching plans and school strategies. Teaching about the Holocaust is a mandatory part of the history curriculum at key stage 3 for maintained schools, and can provide a focus on all groups who were victims of this genocide. We and the Pears Foundation jointly fund the Centre for Holocaust Education to provide professional development for teachers to support this. Schools are free to teach about diversity among people of different races and cultures and about the impact of discrimination on individuals and communities in PSHE lessons. Our guidance on bullying also makes clear that schools should take measures to prevent bullying, which could involve talking to pupils about difference, potentially through dedicated events or projects.

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