Tutors for GRT – challenging digital exclusion – Traveller Movement case study

HEAR is delighted to present the first in a series of Expert by Experience and academic case studies highlighting good practice, user-led interventions and recommendations to help communities, policy makers and funders to overcome digital exclusion:

“Tutors for GRT – challenging digital exclusion”,
by the Traveller Movement

The Traveller Movement developed ‘Tutors for GRT’ in reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic and many years experience of casework with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) families demonstrating home schooling would be difficult for many GRT parents because of digital exclusion and low literacy levels. The project develops a tailored tutoring relationship with GRT famililes and tutors with a DBS

Download or share the case study details using the Traveller Movement’s #TutorsForGRT hashtag and read the recommendations below

Recommendations

  • Local Authorities and schools need to consider digitally excluded children when designing their homework assignments during and after Covid-19 school closures.
  • Schools should provide tablets or laptops for those children who don’t have them at home as well as guidance how to use them
  • The Government should make sure all households have access to a good broadband connection
  • Private on and offline tutors should be provided for children who have fallen behind in their education during and after Covid-19 pandemic. The tutors need to be flexible, culturally competent and non-judgmental
  • Government should earmark some of the funding given to schools to tackle the impacts of Covid-19 school closures to make sure BAME groups are treated fairly when distributing these funds”