The report summarises how 3 local authorities and 11 schools have been working to meet the needs of Roma children from Eastern Europe.
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector commissioned this report following a meeting with a group of Sheffield headteachers who identified a number of specific challenges in ensuring that Roma children attend regularly and do well at school.
Headteachers reported that there had been no adverse effect on the achievement of other pupils already settled in their schools. However, they had found it difficult to access available funding for new pupils quickly enough. There was also a shortage of staff with the relevant expertise to provide effective support to Roma pupils.