June is Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month and a chance to celebrate and learn more about the rich culture and heritage of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Wales.

Schools such as Monkton Primary School in Pembrokeshire are designing their curriculum focusing not just on their school, but also the distinct character of their local area, with 33 per cent of pupils from the school being from the gypsy traveller community.

In 2024-25 the Welsh Government is providing £11m to local authorities to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and young people who experience barriers to learning, accessing the curriculum, or education in general.  

Over 40 children and young people from Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales helped contribute to new guidance for schools by highlighting what’s important to them.

The Welsh Government says it is driving equity in education, so that every child and young person feels valued in school. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic histories and experiences are now a mandatory part of the curriculum.

Cabinet Secretary for Education Lynne Neagle said: “Inclusive practice is vital in our education system so that every child and young person is included, their identities celebrated, and their educational outcomes improved.