Roma: Equality vs Equity conference

Date and time
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
09.00 - 16.00

Enterprise Centre
Bridge Street

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (2016) and Burchardt et al (2018) declared Roma as England’s most disadvantaged group. When examining education they report that Roma children are less likely to achieve a good level of development, have a wide attainment gap and are more likely to be excluded from school. Yet the Council of Europe (2019) claims “Overall, the legal framework and initiatives undertaken at international and national levels reflect the presence of political commitment to ameliorate the situation of Roma, specifically through education” (see references).

Experiences of education, however, are not isolated and are explicitly linked to aspects of health, work, standards of living, community support, educational progression and engagement, all of which are impacted by stigma and discrimination.

Therefore, Multi-Faith Centre, University of Derby and DANCOP would like to invite you to our Roma: Equality versus Equity conference. The conference will call for us to examine what can be done to address this imbalance. We want to debate educational experiences but linked with the lived experience of wider communities and cross-professional working. This, therefore, requires an approach that is effective with front line staff but also works upwards into policy, procedures and government responses.

DANCOP representatives in front of DANCOP banner, with school group in foreground

The current agenda towards Roma is one of equality and this conference seeks to challenge this and suggest that moving forward we should be looking at equity. However, this presents a challenge to the way we view, engage and evaluate current practice. This conference hopes to provide the space to discuss and challenge each other around these areas. Individuals from the Roma community will be key deliverers of the day, and the conference will also offer the opportunity to hear about the latest research around Roma educational experiences and engage in workshops around the key issues raised. The interactive workshops aim to wrestle with key issues such as inclusion, policymaking, building trust and making bridges, which will help to inform suggestions for better policy responses.

This conference is for all professionals working with Roma, including policy makers and local governments.


9.00-9.30 Arrival, registration and refreshments
9.30-9.40 Welcome
9.40-10.10 Setting the scene
10.10-10.30 Opening presentation from Roma community
10.30-10.45 Break
10.45-11.10  Research Presentation 1 - Roma and Education
11.10-12.00 Research Presentation 2 - Roma, community and Education 
12.00-12.45 Lunch 


1. Disengagement from Education Systems
2. Legalities and Policy Changes needed in practice

13.45-14.00 Break


3. The role of the Informal Education sector
4. Building Bridges - relationships and trust

15.00-16.00 Panel Discussion
16.00 Finish

Conference Cost

£15 Early bird rate (available until 21 February)

£30 After 21 February

Thanks to funding from the University of Derby and DANCOP (Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme) we are able to keep prices low for delegates to support this important area of work.

Please book now as places are limited.

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Equality and Human Rights Commission (2016) England’s most disadvantaged groups: Gypsies, Travellers and Roma. Available at https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/is-england-fairer-2016-most-disadvantaged-groups-gypsies-travellers-roma.pdf Accessed on 27/11/2019

Burchardt, T. Obolenskaya, P. Vizard, P. Battaglini (2018) Experience of Multiple Disadvantage among Roma, Gypsy and Traveller children in England and Wales. London School of Economics: London

Council of Europe (2019) Education of Roma Children. Available at https://www.coe.int/en/web/roma-and-travellers/education-of-roma-children. Accessed on 27/11/2019