Changing communities – a new Roma community, and refugee families from Burma
Children and young people from A8 countries on roll in Bradford Schools in June 2009: Primary 719 Secondary 470 Special 12 Total 1201
The majority of the migrant worker families originally came from from Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Many of the families originally from the Czech Republic and Slovakia with school age children and young people are from a Roma background. Of the families originally from Poland there is a higher proportion of Non – Roma.
Educational discrimination is nothing new for the Roma. Human rights groups here and abroad have harshly criticized Czech policies that once sent the majority of Romany children to special schools for mentally and physically disabled children. In 1999, the Budapest-based European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) issued a report that concluded 75 percent of Czech Romany children were sent to these special schools, versus only 4 percent of non- Romany Czech children. Romany kids were sent there because they were considered handicapped because of their skin colour, says SOŠSP Vice Principal Tulejová. (Prague Post 23.5.07)
Changing communities – Roma community, refugee families from Burma Working with parents – our Partners in Innovation project Mainstream teacher awareness and education – our research (funded by PHF and parallel with Goldsmiths), also developments in ITT for EAL learners Making links across for the children as well as parents and teachers