Education and missions

Becky Taylor

in A Minority and the State

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780719075674
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700853 | DOI:
Education and missions

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This chapter discusses the motivation behind state education for Travellers and the impact of the 1908 Children's Act, exploring the experience of Traveller children in mainstream education, and three examples of special education schemes. It describes the intentions and actions of missions towards Britain's travelling communities during the period. Local authorities did not want to see Traveller children as their moral or financial responsibility. The key to the reality of schooling for Travellers was prejudice received from every level of education. The importance of Travellers' responses to education is assessed. The success of both the Hurtwood school and that of the Salisbury mission indicate that Travellers were relatively enthusiastic about education when it could fit in with their lifestyle and made no assumptions about long-term commitment. The variety of attitudes and approaches of the missions reflected the contrary attitudes held in settled society towards Travellers.

Keywords: Travellers; 1908 Children's Act; children; state education; Britain; schooling; Hurtwood school; Salisbury mission

Chapter.  11547 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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