David Ward (Bradford East, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of children from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds who are eligible for the pupil premium; and if he will make pupil premium funding available for all children from such backgrounds.
Nick Gibb (The Minister for Schools; Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Conservative)
For 2011-12, 7,730 pupils from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds were eligible for the pupil premium, representing 43.5% of the total number of pupils from these backgrounds included in the January school census and local returns.
The issues for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children are complex. The Government have set up a ministerial working group to consider them and any decisions will be taken in the light of the outcomes from this group.