Boaters and Showmen Influencing policy and the GRTSB schools and HE Pledge through their Cultural Heritage

Project: Research

Project Details


The Pledge for Schools is a commitment schools sign up to, to work towards creating a welcoming environment and conditions in which Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showmen and Boater (GTRSB) pupils can stay resilient and thrive academically. It contains actions such as building a supporting a welcoming culture for GTRSB pupils, data monitoring of GTRSB pupils and staff, cultural awareness training for staff, including GTRSB history and culture on the curriculum.

Cisneros was involved in developing both Pledges and co-created the film with Roma families. This project aims to co-create two more films with the Boaters and the Fairground community aligning with the GRTSB Pledges. The accessible documentaries will capture the Boater and Showmen cultural heritage and feed into academic scholarship linked to policy and education. The screenings and events attached to the project will engage politicians, the Department of Education, academics, schools, artists and aim to feed into. impact case studies on the Pledges.

Layman's description

This project consists of supporting the Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showmen and Boaters’ Pledge for Schools and improving access, retention, and outcomes in education for Gypsies, Travellers, Roma, Showmen and Boaters

Key findings

1) Co-created films with the Showmen and Boater communities
2) Film Festival with the Showmen and Boater community
3) Online Schools Pledge Film Screening
4) Webinar on importance of GRTSB Pledges
5) Films that include BSL language
Short title(BSIP)
AcronymUKRI REF: Boaters and Showmen Influence Policy
Effective start/end date1/12/221/08/23

Collaborative partners


  • Showmen
  • Boaters
  • Policy
  • Inequalities
  • Education
  • Access
  • BSL


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