A lack of specialist advice and difficulties in accessing funding quickly enough are hindering the progress of Gypsy or Roma pupils, inspectors have warned.
The number of Gypsy/Roma pupils, whose families have often migrated from Eastern Europe, in England's schools is on the rise after a 13.7 per cent increase last year – from 16,735 in January 2013 to 19,030 in January 2014.
However, in 2013, just 13.8 per cent of Gypsy/Roma pupils got five or more GCSE grades at A* to C including English and mathematics, compared to the national average of 60.6 per cent.
Ofsted has carried out a study of 11 schools and three local authorities in a bid to identify the barriers to education for these pupils and highlight examples of good practice.
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