Anorak | Dad took children out of school to ‘lay tarmac’ in Corfu

Dad took children out of school to ‘lay tarmac’ in Corfu

by | 3rd, August 2015

In “dad’s gypsy ruse” the Sun tells of Michael Baker, who told the school his children were gypsies to avoid a fine for taking them out of school during term time.

Baker, 34, used a “loophole” allowing traveller kids to miss school for “occupational reasons”.

He told school chiefs he drove around the country laying tarmac.

They then granted permission for his two sons, aged seven and 11, to miss a week of classes at Cheveley primary in Cambs.

The paper days that “jobless Michael” actually took the family to Corfu, where it’s not thought he laid any tarmac.

Say he:

“It was approved within an hour. They didn’t ask what kind of traveller I was. I wonder if they were worried about offending me.”

Joseph Jones, of the Gypsy Council, wonders:

 “What’s next? He says he’s part Chinese to get Chinese New Year off?”

The story ends by noting that Baker, of Newmarket, Suffolk, now faces a fraud investigation by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The Government’s advice is thus:

Code T: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller absence

A number of different groups are covered by the generic term Traveller – Roma, English and Welsh Gypsies, Irish and Scottish Travellers, Showmen (fairground people) and Circus people, Bargees (occupational boat dwellers) and New Travellers. This code should be used when Traveller families are known to be travelling for occupational purposes and have agreed this with the school but it is not known whether the pupil is attending educational provision. It should not be used for any other types of absence by these groups.To  help ensure continuity of education for Traveller children it is expected that the child should attend school elsewhere when their family is travelling and be dual registered at that school and the main school. Children from these groups whose families do not travel are expected to register at a school and attend as normal. They are subject to the same rules as other children in terms of the requirement to attend school regularly once registered at a school.

Note: a 2010 Government report found that “almost half of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and only 38 per cent of Traveller pupils of Irish heritage reach statutory leaving age. Furthermore, the data shows that pupils from all Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities are still likely to withdraw from the school system at particular points during KS 3 and, to a lesser extent, during Year 10.”

Damian Le Bas :

“The mental age of an average adult Gypsy is thought to be about that of a child of 10,” said the 1959 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 14 years after the end of the Nazi genocide of Romany Gypsies. This week new analysis of the 2011 census has been released by the Office for National Statistics. It revealed that of the 58,000 people

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