Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM) takes place in June.

It was established in Britain in 2008 as a way of raising awareness of these communities and their contributions to society and to offset negative stereotyping and prejudices.

The aims of the GRTHM are to:

  • promote knowledge of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History, Cultural and Heritage;

  • disseminate information on positive Gypsy, Roma and Traveller contributions to British society;

  • heighten the confidence and awareness of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people to their cultural heritage; and

  • celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture and heritage.

The theme for GRTHM 2021 is #MakeSomeSpace. Teachers are being asked to make some space in their teaching time to focus on the histories, cultures or present realities of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people.

Friends, Families and Travellers have produced some excellent resources to help teachers with this. They can be found at Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2021 | Friends, Families and Travellers or by clicking on the link on the right/below.

NASUWT activists will be able to hear from a speaker from The Traveller Movement at the Equalities Training and Development Day taking place on Thursday 17 June. You can book a place at the event using our online booking page or you can email the Conferences and Events Team.

Gypsy, Roma and some Traveller people are protected against discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 in England, Scotland and Wales and under the Race Relations (NI) Order 1997 in Northern Ireland.

Romany Gypsies, Scottish Gypsy/Travellers and Irish Travellers have all been declared by the courts to be protected as ‘races’ under the Equality Act 2010.

However, at least two Traveller groups fall outside these definitions and may therefore not be protected against discrimination: Showpeople and New (or New Age) Travellers. Roma is also an ‘ethnic group’ in terms of the law and therefore protected by equality legislation.

In addition to the Equality Act’s prohibition of discrimination, section 149 of the Act (the Public Sector Equality Duty) provides that public authorities, including schools and colleges, are, in the exercise of their functions, required to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between persons with protected characteristics and those that do not share them.

The NASUWT is committed to equality for all and to the eradication of discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people in schools and colleges and beyond.