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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Educational support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children (GRT)

We are dedicated to improving the education outcomes of all Traveller pupils in our county. Included in this group are also Fairground people, Circus people, Boat Travellers/Bargees, and New Travellers or New Age Travellers.

For parents and carers

We can help you and your family to:

  • understand the education system
  • get your child a place in a school or nursery
  • sort out any problems with your child's school such as attendance issues

We can help your child to:

  • settle into school
  • understand and be involved in the school curriculum
  • make friends and get used to school routines
  • make progress in school
  • find out about career and further education opportunities

See our  Icon for pdf Gypsy, Roma & Traveller (GRT) Education - information for families (PDF, 983.2kb)  leaflet.

For schools and professionals

We offer training for professionals working with Traveller families, delivering workshops to raise awareness of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller cultures to promote inclusion in our schools and wider communities.

We use academic data that we receive from schools to make sure measures are put in place where expected progress is not being made. We can offer:

  • direct academic support
  • early years outreach work
  • attendance advice and guidance
  • transition work
  • home liaison
  • raising awareness of GRT culture
  • pastoral support
  • small group work
  • access to school places for transient families
  • partnership working and advocacy
  • national networks of Traveller education professionals

SEND and Inclusion course directory

The SEND and Inclusion courses page includes details of courses currently available. The courses are mainly for school staff but parents, child care providers, health workers can also book onto these courses if appropriate.

Contact us
SEND and Inclusion Service
03000 267 800
Our address is:
  • Broom Cottages Primary & Nursery School
  • Ferryhill
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL17 8AN
01740 657 792