Author Archives: SCC Communications

Council’s £600,000 special educational needs boost

Education for children with Special Educational Needs in and around Yeovil is set for a boost as a major expansion project takes a big step forward. The Somerset County Council scheme will see a £400,000 expansion of a centre to support pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder conditions (ASC) at Preston School in Yeovil. The facility […]

New Somerset social work course offers fantastic incentives and links with Council

A new social work degree course is being launched in Somerset offering a guaranteed job interview and monthly cash incentive if you go on to work for Somerset County Council. The BSc Hons course is the result of an innovative partnership between the Yeovil College University Centre and the University of Gloucestershire and will be […]

Council-backed social work training scheme set for another record year

Graduates looking to make the move into children’s social work can join the latest intake on a successful the Somerset-led training initiative. The County Council is leading the regional Step-up-to Social Work scheme which aims to enlist a record number of people to switch careers in 2019 and become social workers. The Government-funded initiative enables […]

Government boost to social work recruitment

Somerset County Council has welcomed the news that up to 900 extra Children’s social workers will be created thanks to a £45 million cash injection. The Government is increasing its funding for the training charity Frontline so it can continue its work training social workers and helping to transform the lives of vulnerable children and […]

Making sure the voice of Somerset’s youth is heard

Young people from across Somerset have elected next year’s Members and Deputies for the UK Youth Parliament. These ‘members-elect’ will represent local young people from all backgrounds, abilities, experiences and values, on issues and topics important to them. The three elected members for 2018-2021 are; Hanna Wittek (from Robert Blake Science College), Amelia Saleh (Haygrove […]

Have your say on new school proposal for Somerton

A proposal to build a new 420-pupil school in Somerton will be unveiled to parents and the local community next month. Somerset County Council is consulting on a proposal to build the 14-class primary school which will replace both the existing King Ina Academy sites at Etsome Terrace and School Lane. The school will include […]

Construction of £7m new primary school reaches major milestone

A key milestone has been passed in the construction of a new £7m primary school in Taunton. The main phase of work has started on the Somerset County Council project – the new 14-class, 420-pupil Nerrols School which is due to open in September 2019. On Thursday (13 December) there was a bolt-tightening ceremony at […]

Somerset’s Members of Youth Parliament debate key issues in Westminster

Young people from Somerset have been rubbing shoulders with senior MPs in debates at the House of Commons. Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) Hanna Wittek (Sedgemoor & Mendip), Leonie Robertson (South Somerset) and Jago Yelland (Taunton Deane & West Somerset) met with elected MYPs from across the UK in Westminster last month to represent their […]

Pop-up shop is Sense-ational addition to High Street

A Sense-ational seasonal business venture involving pupils from special schools across the county has popped-up in Taunton.  If you’re in the market for some beautiful Christmas gifts, check out the Sense-ational Shop now open on Taunton’s High Street, supported by Somerset County Council. It’s run by young people and all the stock has been created […]

Thousands of young people in Somerset make their voices heard

Young people in Somerset played a key role in supporting a major national initiative aimed at making the voices of the UK’s youth heard. This years Make Your Mark Big Vote netted over a million votes from young people up and down the country thanks to the efforts of the Youth Parliament. Somerset’s Youth Parliament […]