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Title: Promoting the social inclusion and academic progress of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children : a secondary school case study
Author: Boot, Siobhan A. E.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2730 1583
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2013
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The aim of this study was to identify effective support strategies used to promote social inclusion and academic progress of key stage three and four Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) pupils in a mainstream secondary school. The study used an interpretivist approach, incorporating an embedded single case study with several participant groups, namely GRT pupils, GRT parents, school staff and supporting professionals. Data was collected using interviews, focus groups and questionnaires. It was analysed using pattern matching and explanation building. The research design, data collection and data analysis were guided by theoretical propositions developed from the existing research. The findings of this study identified that focused staff support from a GRT teaching assistant and class teachers had the most significant influence on the promotion of both social inclusion and academic progress. In addition, social inclusion was promoted through a positive inclusion school ethos, providing clear and consistent links to the GRT community and receiving input from a range of supporting professionals. Academic progress was encouraged through the use of: appropriate teaching and learning strategies which included incorporating GRT culture into the curriculum; having clear leadership from the Senior Management Team; school policies; and additional support to access the school.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: L Education (General) ; LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools