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How can integrated working be improved to aid secondary transfer rates for Traveller children? (Sharing our experience, Practitioner-led research 2008-2009; PLR0809/023)

D'Arcy, Kate (2009) How can integrated working be improved to aid secondary transfer rates for Traveller children? (Sharing our experience, Practitioner-led research 2008-2009; PLR0809/023).

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Abstract

This research question arose though the lead practitioner’s professional practice, which is focused upon the transfer and retention of Traveller children from primary to secondary school. The research project involved two contrasting areas of Cambridgeshire; rural south Cambridgeshire and urban Cambridge City. These areas have the lowest numbers of Traveller children transferring and staying on at secondary school in the county. The aim of this research project was to explore how integrated working could improve secondary transition rates for Traveller children in two specific areas of Cambridgeshire. The project invited a variety of professionals who were involved in transition work in Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire to become involved in the project. Three of these professionals were then engaged to carry out the research and came together only at group meetings. The professionals worked separately on their own chosen research areas for their contribution to the research. There were 12 professionals and 36 children and young people involved in the research; these included four teaching assistants one transition co-ordinator two teachers four transition social workers one transition worker 36 pupils. A literature review was completed, which along with data from the first interviews, provided the thematic analysis and contextualization of themes. The research also used ethnographic case studies to observe the characteristics, developments and findings of the different groups involved. Data was initially analysed per professional, and then compared for overall similarities and recommendations. There were then final interviews with professionals. Findings include: • Work with Traveller parents was paramount to changing the current trend of low transition and retention. • Work needs to pay particular attention to the transition of female Traveller students and the retention of male Traveller students. • Home–school relationships and community cohesion strategies need to be strengthened and secondary schools need to adopt a proactive approach towards this. • A professionally integrated, co-ordinated approach that recognizes the need for extra input for Travellers’ transition and retention is essential. The research project therefore enabled a more informed approach to professionals’ transition work. They had a clearer understanding of the issues involved and ideas about how these might be tackled. Integrated working was found to be very informative and supportive in this process and further meetings have been planned.

Item Type: Document from Web
Publisher: Children’s Workforce Development Council
Additional Information: http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/assets/0000/7258/PLR0809023.pdf
Depositing User: Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 27 May 2011 09:56
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 18:22
URI: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/2769
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