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Traveller Education Service
Medway Council's Traveller Education Service is relatively small
due to the low number of travellers in Medway.
The first point of contact for traveller families moving into
the area is the
Education Welfare Service. There is a Welfare Officer who is
responsible for finding local school places for traveller children
during the time they are in Medway.
The teacher for traveller children works with the Welfare
Officer and with traveller families to make sure that the transfer
to school is as smooth as possible. The teacher also aims to
support schools in understanding the difficulties that traveller
pupils and families might have because of their nomadic lifestyle.
The teacher helps schools to celebrate and respect traveller
traditions and customs.
Medway Council's aim is to make sure that the children and young
people gain as much as possible from their time in school and feel
that their needs are being met and their way of life respected.
As with all other pupils, travellers are the responsibility of
the school to which they are admitted and are a recognised minority
ethnic group with all that that implies in terms of equality of
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