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By Steve Clark, Hampshire EMTAS Teaching Assistant for Travellers
Hampshire EMTAS is pleased to announce the release of a new e-learning module for all school staff who support children and families from GRT backgrounds. This module - which complements existing EMTAS cultural awareness training - aims to offer CPD in a way, and at a time, which fits in with practitioners’ busy work schedules. It offers an insight, through self-driven exploration, into the linguistic and cultural aspects of several GRT backgrounds. There are phase-specific examples of how best to support children and families from GRT heritages and an opportunity to build an action plan to support your work with your GRT communities.
So what does it look like?
The GRT e-learning course takes approximately 40 minutes to complete. The objective is to provide a general awareness of several GRT cultural groups, their languages, their history and from where these groups originated. It is designed to enable the learner to explore various aspects to the support offered by a school to its GRT pupils and their families.
Who should take this course?
This unit will be relevant for class teachers, Governors, TAs/LSAs, the GRT coordinator and any home-school link workers. It is particularly relevant for any trainee teachers and those at an early stage in their teaching career. It is also a useful addition to the training programme of any agency that supports children and families from GRT backgrounds, whether they are within or outside of Hampshire.
What does it include?
Find out interesting facts about GRT cultures around the
world and listen to four podcasts about Roma, Irish Travellers, English Gypsies
and Showmen. In addition, you can have a try at a language activity which will
introduce you to Romany. There are interactive school maps where you can access
phase specific information about catering for GRT families. You can learn more
about the benefit of ascription for GRT pupils, their families and the school
and there is helpful advice about attendance issues, dual registration,
distance learning and how and when to use the ‘T’ Code appropriately. The unit
culminates with the creation of an action plan to support your role as GRT Lead.
How can I access this module?
This module is available free of charge to Hampshire LEA schools and Academies that have bought into the Hampshire EMTAS SLA. There is a charge for other institutions to access the unit. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Where can I find out more about GRT?
Visit our website and use the tabs to find out more about GRT resources, how to access support for a Traveller child, effective distance learning for GRT pupils, the GRT Excellence Award and Kushti Careers
Find out more about our suite of e-learning
modules, including The Culturally Inclusive School
[ Modified: Tuesday, 4 January 2022, 12:14 PM ]