Important Announcement

We've changed!

The Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service has become part of Closing the Gap. As a consequence this website won't be updated for the foreseeable future.

Our new address is:

Closing the Gap, Learning Improvement,
PO box 837, Leeds City Council, LS1 9PZ.

Our telephone number 0113 224 3796 and email addresses are unaffected.

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Award Ceremony

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children awarded for their achievements

Children from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities were awarded at a special ceremony for their achievements.

Award Ceremony 2013

The awards ceremony, organised by Leeds City Council’s Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Achievement Service celebrated the children from these communities in Leeds who have achieved a variety of educational and personal success. There was also a celebration of adult winners who had been outstanding in their support to the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Read more and view a photo gallery of the event

Library and Resources Centre

The new GRTAS Library is now opened in partnership with Leeds Gypsy And Traveller Exchange – Leeds GATE.

GRT Library and Resources Centre LeedsThis library is FREE and offers fiction and non-fiction books, teacher’s packs, artefacts, DVDs and CDs all with a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Focus for schools.

It is open every Thursday term time from 12.00 to 4.30pm.
It's location is at the Leeds GATE offices at Crown Point House, 167-169 cross Green Lane, LS9 0BD.

For more details contact:

  • Claire 07891 270437
  • Sue 07891 270433
  • Sally 07891 270431

"Where the presence of GRT pupils is openly acknowledged and where positive and accurate images of different communities are featured within both the resources of the school and the curriculum, then the pupil response is lively and there is a genuine openness to learning."

DCSF, Moving forward together: Raising Gypsy Roma and Traveller achievement

Short films

Film about Roma Children at Harehills Primary School

Our lives - short films that show lives of Leeds' Roma childrenYorkshire Roma SOURCE have just released 2 new short films about the lives of Roma children in Leeds.

The film 'Our lives' uses still photographs taken by Roma children at Harehills Primary School in Leeds, together with audio interviews with two of the children – Sebastian and Marketa, who talk about their lives in Leeds since leaving the Czech Republic.

Find out more and links to the film


Press Release

The Romedia Foundation released its advocacy spot for the series of cultural events Requiem for Auschwitz. The Requiem for Auschwitz is part of a pan-European project and brings to Budapest, Hungary, a spectacular concert, a documentary film festival and an exhibition.

The video spot, shot in the prestigious Raleigh Studios outside Budapest, is a call for the remembrance of all victims of the Nazi regime to be a part of building our future in Hungary, in Europe, and across the world.

Click here to view the video

Click here for more on the Requiem for Auschwitz events

Click here for more on the Romedia Foundation


Downloadable publication

Good Practice Guide

Good Practice GuideThe Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service (GRTAS) are very proud to present to you their good practice guide for improving outcomes for Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) pupils. The good practice guide includes many case studies taken from schools and educational settings in Leeds. The case studies show some of the approaches and strategies used to support the GRT pupils and their families.

All schools and educational settings should be aware of the needs of this marginalised community. The GRT pupils are one of the lowest achieving groups of children in our schools, both in Leeds and Nationally. It is therefore important that every-one involved in the education of these children and young people are both aware of their history, culture and traditions and have strategies and teaching approaches in place to overcome barriers faced.

The aim for all schools is to raise the attainment of all their pupils including their GRT pupils whether they are ascribed or not and to promote their cultural identity throughout school.

Building good, effective relationships with the children, parents, carers, families and communities is paramount for schools to succeed in their aims of integrating GRT children into their schools and the education system. GRT pupils can be as successful as any other pupils and have the right to do so.

We hope that you enjoy reading our guide and find it a useful, valuable resource.

Download the Good Practice Guide Document

For further information contact Sally Hall

Mrs Maureen Baker MBE

We are sad to announce the passing of Maureen Baker, who was well known to us at GRTAS in Leeds. Maureen worked closely with Leeds GATE. They have a tribute page on their website to which you are welcome to and comments and your memories.

From Segregation to Inclusion

Roma Pupils in the United Kingdom A Pilot Research Project

A new report by Equality and the Roma Education Fund

From the Executive Summary

Segregation to Inclusion coverTo our knowledge, no research has been conducted which looked at the educational attainment of Roma pupils who migrated with their parents from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the United Kingdom or another Western European country. This pilot research study is the first of its kind to explore the experience of Czech and Slovak Roma pupils of attending special or de facto segregated (Roma-only) schools in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, while comparing that to their experience of attending primary or secondary mainstream education in the UK.

Literature and research reports on the situation of Roma in the education systems in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which have been conducted and published by various organisations including the Roma Education Fund, were reviewed. This desk research was combined with field research undertaken by Equality between June and August 2011 at eight locations in England: Leicester, Chatham, Rotherham, Wolverhampton, Southend-on-Sea, Peterborough, London, and Derby. During the pilot research, 61 Czech or Slovak Roma students, 28 Roma parents, and 25 school or other education staff were interviewed.

Download the UK report


First in a series of interviews with prominent Roma

Interviews by Livia Dragomir

In the first of a series Livia Dragomir talks to Ian Hancock.

Ian became the first Romani to receive a PhD from University of London. A reputed linguist, he is one of the most important Romani activists in the world at the moment. An inspiring figure for Roma everywhere he talks to Livia about education, Roma language and the situation in Dale Farm, Essex.

Read the interview with Ian Hancock here.

Strengthening Children's Early Language Development

Every Child a Talker imageIdeas and fantastic resources to enhance Early Years work with children and families from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, focusing on Communication Language and Literacy (CLL) and developing home/school links.

This project has been developed in partnership with Leeds Speech and Language Therapy Service and Leeds City Council Early Years Service and ourselves.

The project is based on the National Strategies Every Child a Talker (ECAT) programme. See examples of activities that have taken place in Leeds which typically occur every day in Early Years settings and describe ways in which they can be used to promote children's language development. They describe planning an activity and then evaluate the outcome.

Read more about ECAT


Resources for classrooms

Catalogue coverThe Education Leeds Early Years’ Lending Service, is an initiative from the Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service (GRTAS) funded by Leeds City Council Early Years’ Department and Education Leeds. The aim of the service is to provide items for loan that are culturally relevant to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children to help promote a sense of belonging.

Find out more

Listen to Romipen live in Leeds

RomipenIn 2008 The Gypsy Ensemble Romipen formed specially for GRTHM in Leeds. You can enjoy one of their performances during their stay in Leeds online now.

Find out more and listen to Romipen



As of April 1 2011, Leeds City Council ended its contract with Education Leeds to provide educational support services on their behalf. These services have now merged back into Leeds City Council. References to Education Leeds may remain in the content and documents on this site.

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Find art and French resources to use in classrooms during history month or any other time of the year.

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Art Gallery

Art gallery imageFerdinand Koci, the international Roma artist, exhibited his work again in as part of GRTHM 2010. To see some of his work click the link below.

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More about Ferdinand >

See how to get signed limited edition beautiful A3 prints of Ferdinand Koci's work.

More here >

New Book

Acclaimed Scottish storyteller and author Jess Smith has a new book.

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