Somerset County Council

Somerset Traveller education service


The Traveller Education Service offers advice and support to schools, Traveller pupils and families. Traveller children are from Gypsy, Irish Traveller, Romany, New Traveller, Circus and Fairground families. Traveller children can be living in houses, on authorised private or council sites, unauthorised sites or temporary fairground and circus locations.

Carefully managed support by the school and the Traveller Education Service can help Traveller children to settle into their new school and maintain continuity of education.  

Our policy is to clarify the action that the local authority and schools should take to: 

  • ensure that services to Traveller families enable these five outcomes to be achieved 
  • prepare all young people to participate in our increasingly multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society
  • support the development of strong and confident identities for all pupils, as individuals and members of communities 
  • eliminate discrimination and racism
  • value and celebrate diversity   

You can find out more by downloading our Policy for Traveller Communities document.


Contact: Children and Young People's Team
Address: Customer Contact, PO Box 618, Taunton, TA1 3WF
Phone: 0300 123 2224 (please select option 1)
Fax: 01823 321187

Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed. 

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