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Two Bassetlaw schools to benefit from Traveller awareness plays

Nottingham County Council - Media Release

Two Bassetlaw schools are showcasing special drama performances that aim to raise awareness of issues facing the Gypsy and Travelling community as part of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History month (June 2016).

Performances of ‘Crystal’s Vardo’ by ‘Friends, Family and Traveller’ theatre group will take place at Tuxford Academy next Monday (27 June) and Retford Oaks Academy (next Tuesday 28 June).

The launch performance at Tuxford Academy will be attended by Police Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and High Sheriff Judy Naake and are being funded by Nottinghamshire County Council.

The play focuses on a young Gypsy girl who has been bullied at school and pupils will also receive additional materials which tie in with their curriculum, which is being funded by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Eight schools across the county will also benefit from specialist teacher training and a learning package on British values and ‘Respect for All’ to create greater understanding of minority communities, including Traveller communities.

Councillor Alice Grice, Vice-Chair of the County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “We are funding this project to increase awareness amongst Nottinghamshire children of the discrimination that Traveller communities can face and this play showcases these issues in a poignant and powerful way.

“It is important that we make a stand against all forms of prejudice and discrimination and celebrate the contributions and achievements of all communities.”

Paddy Tipping said: “I have made it very clear that hate crime is a very real crime and I’m pleased to see that reporting of hate crime has risen by 11 percent over the last year. Gypsies and Travellers know all too well the bigotry they face and we need to do everything we can to stamp out this sort of behaviour.”

It is estimated that there are at least 3,000 Gypsies and Traveller residents in the county living in both houses and on sites.

The theme for this year is ‘Our Community’, highlighting the fact that Gypsies and Travellers have been part of the Nottinghamshire area for hundreds of years.

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For further information contact Peter Saunders in Communications and Marketing at Nottinghamshire County Council on 0115 977 3379.


Notes to Editors

The schools benefitting teacher training and a learning package on British values and ‘Respect for All’ are as follows :

Elston Primary
Thrumpton Primary
William Gladstone C of E Primary
Misterton Primary
Kingsway Primary
Springbank Primary
Forest View Junior
Haggonfields Primary
Walesby C of E Primary
West Bridgford Academy


Photo opportunity
Time: 1.50pm
Dates: Monday 27 June
Location: Marnham Rd, Tuxford, Newark NG22 0JH
Opportunity: Pupils and actors from ‘Friends, Family and Traveller’ theatre group will be available to photograph along with Paddy Tipping and Councillor Alice Grice.
For further information contact Peter Saunders in Communications and Marketing at Nottinghamshire County Council on 0115 977 3379.

Notes to Editors
The schools benefitting teacher training and a learning package on British values and ‘Respect for All’ are as follows :
Elston Primary
Thrumpton Primary
William Gladstone C of E Primary
Misterton Primary
Kingsway Primary
Springbank Primary
Forest View Junior
Haggonfields Primary
Walesby C of E Primary
West Bridgford Academy


Photo opportunity
Time: 1.50pm
Dates: Monday 27 June
Location: Marnham Rd, Tuxford, Newark NG22 0JH
Opportunity: Pupils and actors from ‘Friends, Family and Traveller’ theatre group will be available to photograph along with Paddy Tipping and Councillor Alice Grice.

 

 

Posted on Friday 24th June 2016
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