The 8,000-plus rovers who are in school system'

27th July 2007 at 01:00
According to official statistics, there are 3,000 Traveller children of Irish heritage and 5,150 children of gypsy or Roma heritage in the school system.

Gypsy and Roma pupils are the worst performing ethnic group in Britain, with only 3.9 per cent obtaining five top GCSE passes including English and maths last year. Only 11.1 per cent of Traveller children achieved five top passes. This compares with 22.7 per cent for Afro-Caribbean boys.

Schools receive funding for gypsy and Traveller children in the same way as other pupils, but authorities with high numbers can qualify for additional money from the pound;84 million Vulnerable Children's Grant.

London, the North West and East Anglia have the highest numbers of Irish Traveller children.

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