Martin Myers

Martin Myers
University of Portsmouth · School of Education and Sociology

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The number of families who choose to home educate has significantly increased in the last decade. This article explores the experiences of British Muslims who home educate using data from a larger study exploring the views of a diverse range of families. Drawing on the work of Beck, we discuss how ‘risk’ is understood in relation to Muslim home edu...
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This paper argues that Gypsy students in primary and secondary education in the UK are marginalised because of ambiguous understandings of their ‘mobility’. Drawing on research conducted on the south coast of England, it examines Gypsy families’ experiences of education. Despite often describing their identity in relation to travelling or mobility,...
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This chapter considers the generative processes that create and maintain academic orthodoxies in research about marginalised groups of people frequently labelled as being ‘hard-to-reach’. In particular it discusses how research about Gypsies needs to balance notions of distance and closeness between marginalised groups and their non-marginalised ne...
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This article examines the experiences of home education for Gypsy and Traveller groups in England, UK. We argue that home education is perceived in a particular historical ‘moment’ characterised in the media and more generally throughout society by ‘risk’. Against this backdrop this article considers Gypsy and Traveller experiences of home educatio...
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This article examines how two primary schools in rural England with overwhelmingly White populations (of students and teachers) dealt with incidents of racist bullying in relation to their race equality policies. The data are drawn from in-depth interviews with parents, head teachers and teachers. The article draws on the work of Foucault to argue...
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This article examines the experiences of home education for Gypsy and Traveller groups in England, UK. We argue that home education is perceived in a particular historical ‘moment’ characterised in the media and more generally throughout society by ‘risk’. Against this backdrop this article considers Gypsy and Traveller experiences of home educatio...
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This article uses empirical data gathered during a pilot study funded by a local education authority to consider Gypsy and Traveller parents’ perceptions of education. It examines the changing role of education within the lives of Gypsy and Traveller parents and children reflecting changing social circumstances, in particular how many parents now f...
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This chapter adopts a theoretical approach based on documentary evidence to examine The Fall (and Mark Smith) in terms of the sociological figure of the ‘stranger’. In doing so it examines how The Fall sit outside the anticipated worlds of other music outsiders by adopting far more ambiguous and uncomfortable positionings, and how by adopting such...
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Including abstract, tabl., bibl. This paper examines understandings of community and safety for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) groups in schools in a metropolitan borough. One school in particular was identified as being the 'Gypsy school' and was attended by the majority of GRT children in the borough. The school was recognised as a model of 'goo...
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This paper examines inclusionary processes and examples of 'good practice' in primary and secondary schools for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in one inner London Borough in the UK. It will explore the role of the Traveller Education Service (TES) and argue that the support provided by the TES to schools is essential for the development of 'good...
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In October 2008 Hampshire County Council (Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service) funded a research project to examine the reasons for elective home education for Gypsy and Traveller (GT) groups in Hampshire. The research was carried out in Hampshire where there are a large number of Gypsy and Traveller families. The GT groups who partic...
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This is an account of the shaping of Gypsy identity in the UK, contextualised in terms of recent and historic tendencies to either misrepresent or misrecognise Gypsy culture. The book suggests that understandings of Gypsy culture are enhanced by understandings of how strangers are recognised within society and by understandings of how 'white' cultu...
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How far do Gypsy, Roma and Traveller see educational interventions as an external attempt to change them, and how far do they see them as a tool to achieve their own aspirations? This paper will examine some preliminary findings from a study carried out in one local authority in England to examine and assess the role and effectiveness of the Travel...
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In March 2007 West Sussex County Council (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service) funded a research project to examine barriers to educational inclusion for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children in West Sussex. The research was carried out in West Sussex where there are large numbers of GRT children who attend local primary and secondary schools. T...
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This report examines examples of good practice in schools in Greenwich. It argues that ‘good practice’ is not a simple set of measures, policies or procedures that can be implemented at will. Rather it is a culmination of attitudes and behaviours that reflect the school’s ethos and the whole relationship between the institution and Gypsy Traveller...

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