The NATT+ annual conference “British Values and the Gypsy Roma Traveller Child” was held on 11th March at Aston University Conference Centre and once again it was a great success. Throughout the day there were presentations from seven speakers, drawn from the various communities and agencies who work with the communities. These followed the introduction to the event by NATT+ who outlined the importance of working together in times of constrained budgets and of great change within the education system that is affecting the opportunities of many within the travelling community.
The day’s discussion and workshops provided positive direction and some answers for educationalists and the communities themselves. The move of many schools to become Academies and away from Local Authority control was mentioned and reflected on within several of the discussions; the announcement a week later in the recent national Budget that all schools would eventually become academies made this discussion all the more timely.