Henry Hepburn

When schools are ‘unsafe spaces’ for Traveller pupils

Lack of support from staff is compounding the plight of bullied children and leading to ‘self-segregation’

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Teachers may be “complicit” in the racist bullying and harassment of Scottish pupils from Gypsy and Traveller backgrounds, new University of Edinburgh research suggests.

Many such pupils fear for their safety in school and sometimes drop out as a result, owing to a phenomenon the study describes as “self-segregation”.

Dr Geetha Marcus found “growing evidence” from existing research that Gypsy-Traveller pupils suffered “persistently high levels of bullying in schools”.

She also carried out her own interviews with Scottish Gypsy-Traveller girls and women, and found that “most experienced ...

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