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Education: Travellers

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL6546, tabled on 6 July 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their expected timetable for implementing the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers’ recommendation of 1 July that the governments of Member States should include Roma and Travellers’ history in school curricula and teaching materials.

Answered on

20 July 2020

The history curriculum gives teachers and schools the freedom to use specific examples from history to teach pupils about the history of Britain and the wider world.

Gypsy, Roma and Travellers’ history can already be taught as part of schools offering a broad and balanced curriculum. Resources are available from experts in the communities themselves and bodies such as the Historical Association.

As part of Holocaust education, a wide array of resources are available to help teachers explain the persecution by the Nazis of different groups of people. The Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz programme and the knowledge and training provided by the Centre for Holocaust Education include information and resources to support an understanding of the Holocaust and the Nazi’s persecution of other non-Jewish groups including the genocide of the Roma.