Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain

The principal object of the Showmen’s Guild has remained the same since its inception as the Van Dweller Association: to protect the interests of its members – travelling showmen who gain their livelihoods by attending funfairs. It does this in two ways; by its code of rules for members and through the legal and constitutional processes of the land.

Most people think of funfairs as an impromptu entertainment opportunity that they can choose to either enjoy or ignore. However behind the scenes is a whole social structure of the lives of thetravelling showmen who number 20,000 in Britain.

One of the most frequently asked questions is: How do the children receive an education? The Showmen’s lives are in fact much more structured than it appears, with the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain as the umbrella body looking after many of their interests and regulating how they operate. However, the Guild is primarily a business focused association and education is dealt with separately.

Each Section of the Guild has an Education Liaison Officer(s), who liaise with the Local Education Authority and the National Association of Travelling Teachers.The National Association of Travelling Teachers (NATT) co-ordinates the 150 or more Travellers Education Services (TES) that operate throughout the country in close liaison with every LEA.

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