Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

Team future-proofs online learning for Somerset pupils

Children in Somerset have the technical support to help ensure the impact of coronavirus on their education is minimised thanks to a dedicated team delivering innovation in online learning. Back in March at the start of lockdown the county’s e-Learning and Information Management (eLIM) team, which supports Somerset County Council’s schools with online learning and […]

Childcare provision available for all ages

It’s vital key workers in health and essential services along with other parents across Somerset can access childcare provision this summer. And Somerset County Council has been working hard with providers to ensure as many families as possible can find the places they need. This summer there will be a range of support available for […]

One Somerset business case passes first test

Ambitious plans to create a new single council for Somerset passed their first public test today following debate at a key meeting. The One Somerset business case was discussed for the first time by Somerset County Councillors at today’s meeting of Scrutiny Policies and Place Committee. Around 30 questions were asked and answered and all […]

Student laptops for old tech

Vulnerable young people in Somerset are benefiting from a Somerset County Council technology recycling scheme. The County Council’s ICT department is buying laptops for vulnerable young people in Somerset using money raised from selling old staff devices. So far 71 laptops have been bought and welcomed by recipients – especially as some had been having […]

Remember to be #tickaware

Anyone planning a trip to the great outdoors is encouraged to be #tickaware as warmer weather heightens the risk of tick bites. More people are expected to be enjoying Somerset’s countryside, parks and gardens with the further easing of Coronavirus restrictions and the start of the summer holidays. Ticks like the warmer weather as much […]

Team effort to support vulnerable families in summer holidays

Somerset is once again pulling together to ensure food is delivered to the most vulnerable families in the county during the summer holidays. Free school meals vouchers will be available for eligible children during the break following a recent Government announcement, and Somerset County Council is working with partner agencies and volunteers to support families […]

Council’s legal challenge over school is successful

A review into the future of the current schools system in Ilminster and Crewkerne will restart, after Somerset County Council won a key legal battle last week. Since 2018, the Council has been working with headteachers and governors of schools in the area to review the education provision, which includes Swanmead Middle School, as the […]

Dedicated staff ensure provision for thousands of Somerset’s primary age pupils

One hundred per cent of relevant schools in Somerset are offering some kind of extended provision for primary age pupils new figures show. Education settings are working at capacity accommodating nearly a third of the county’s reception, year one and year six primary age pupils after extending provision following the half term break, while two […]

Schools and early years providers work to extend provision

Schools and early years providers across Somerset are working hard on preparations to extend provision to more children after half term. Having worked closely with education leaders on how to sensibly and safely bring about the Government’s proposals, Somerset County Council accepts that from 1 June not all settings will be able to offer full […]

Government proposals on staged return of early years and school children

Somerset County Council is currently working closely with education leaders following the Government’s announcement that early years providers/nurseries, schools and colleges may be asked to extend provision to more pupils with effect from 1 June. This step is conditional upon key indicators set by the Government based on the national COVID-19 situation. It applies initially […]