Information for schools about how to fill in GRT school records, barriers to accessing services and outreach working with the GRT community

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller school records

If you have a child from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community attending your school you should read pdf Information for schools with GRT pupils (428 KB)  before filling in information in a GRT child's school records.  

This gives guidance on :

  • ensuring a warm welcome for GRT children and families
  • admission procedures for Nomadic and Travelling people
  • dual registration
  • recording distance learning for Gypsy, Traveller and Showpeople children and young people
  • pdf parent held education records (277 KB)
  • general advice for school staff with GRT pupils
  • best practice: schools supporting GRT pupils with little school experience
  • identifying issues for GRT communities in accessing education
  • identity and ascription in schools
  • attendance, Traveller status and authorised absences
  • other strategies to improve attendance

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller barriers to accessing services

 See  pdf GRT barriers to accessing services (471 KB) .

Resources to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families 

Resources you can use:

Support from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Team 

The Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) Team includes partners from:

  • Bristol City Council's housing and education teams
  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • Stand Against Racism and Equality (SARI)
  • schools
  • local children's centres

Together we aim to improve GRT outcomes by dealing with the needs and priorities of the GRT communities in a culturally sensitive and accessible way.

The GRT Team has two designated members of staff and one NHS member of staff:

  • A GRT Service Coordinator
  • Site Manager and GRT Community Liaison Officer
  • GRT Specialist Health Visitor, who supports GRT community members of any age

Who the GRT Team works with

The GRT Team works in effective partnership with relevant agencies to support:   

  • highly mobile people, children and families
  • Ethnic Gypsy, Roma and Travellers
  • Occupational, Cultural Traveller, travelling groups
  • and all services supporting GRT communities

Support from Local Children's Centres

Bristol's local Children's Centres can offer face to face and telephone support for the GRT communities to help find the service they need. The service is free and confidential for the GRT communities.

You can get information and support about:

  • what GRT services we can offer
  • how to access the services
  • tenancy advice
  • school placement and home education
  • family support and learning 
  • benefits 
  • postal support and how to fill in official forms
  • families affected by parental imprisonment
  • families affected by domestic violence and abuse (DVA)
  • health and well-being 
  • city-wide activities for children, young people and families 
  • young carers

Contact us

If you're a professional working with or are concerned about a GRT child, young person or family or think they may need some support ask them to contact the GRT Team or contact the South, East Central or North Bristol support service.

If you're  a member of the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller or Showperson communities you can refer yourself to the GRT team.  The only eligibility criteria is that you identify in some way as Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showperson or other nomadic/travelling community. 

For families living in South Bristol:
call: 0117 3746 362 to self-refer for family support or

For all other Children's Centre information around groups, services or general advice:

For Roma Families or families living in East or Central Bristol:
Jane Dennett at St Paul's Children's Centre  Go to (opens new window) 
call 0117 903 0337

Professional referrals

To make a referral for Gypsy, Roma, Travellers and Showpeople fill in a document referral form (52 KB) , or email Go to (opens new window)

Read the document Bristol Multi Agency Threshold Guidance (29 KB)  before you make a referral.