Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

Council staff take on new roles to lead Somerset’s coronavirus response

More than 1,100 Somerset County Council staff have signed up to be redeployed in vital new roles during the coronavirus emergency. From joining adult social care teams to distributing nearly a million items of PPE, staff are temporarily leaving their ‘day jobs’ in other departments and taking on fresh roles where the need is greatest […]

Young people helped to stay on course with DofE programme

Hundreds of young people across Somerset are being supported to continue their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award activities throughout the coronavirus emergency. The DofE Team, from Somerset County Council’s Support Services for Education , is continuing to work closely with all the 58 Somerset schools and colleges, the children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) […]

Super schools go the extra mile to deliver a square meal and wrap-around care

Up to 1,000 food parcels per week are set to be delivered to the homes of pupils across the county over the next fortnight by Somerset County Council Transport. The vital deliveries will supplement the efforts of many school sites continuing to provide hot meals and/or vouchers to eligible children  – while they also  provide […]

Schools and National Park Rangers think inside the box to feed families

Remote households in the wilds of Exmoor are getting vital food supplies delivered to their door during the coronavirus emergency thanks to some innovative teamwork. The Moorland Federation of Schools is working with Exmoor National Park Authority to help those families who live miles from any supermarket – with teachers joining forces with National Park […]

Projects paused as authorities respond to Coronavirus

Several major projects are being unavoidably paused or delayed as councils and health services deal with the impacts of the Coronavirus emergency. Reduced staffing, redeployment of staff to support the vulnerable, supply chain disruption and the impacts of self-isolation and travel restrictions are all having an impact. Together they mean some key pieces of work […]

We’re all in this together! A teacher blogs from the home education front

This last couple of weeks has seen many parents become first time home educators – some more willingly taking up the mantle than others – and that’s completely understandable. My message to you is please don’t be daunted, just do the best you can. The role of home educator comes with a range of different, […]

Thank you to our amazing schools and education staff

The fantastic response of Somerset’s schools and education staff to the coronavirus emergency has been praised on a local and national level. Schools, colleges and Early Years providers across the county are playing a vital role in keeping frontline services running as they remain open for the children of key workers and for vulnerable pupils. […]

Supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities – inspectors need parents’ views

Are you a parent carer of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability? Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) and CQC (Care Quality Commission) are currently undertaking a joint inspection of SEND Services in Somerset, referred to as the Local Area. They will be visiting Somerset next week, starting Monday, […]

Somerset Music inspires children to hit the high notes

Learning a musical instrument, getting the chance to perform in public or working with a world-class voice coach are within reach of all Somerset’s children thanks to its pioneering music service. Last month hundreds of children and young people at schools across Somerset were given a unique opportunity to work with world-renowned choral director Mark […]

Landmark expansion caps a great few years for Bridgwater College Academy

Pupils and staff celebrated the opening of a stunning new multi-million pound teaching block this week at their Somerset school. The Chevalley building at Bridgwater College Academy, the latest addition in Somerset County Council’s ambitious school builds and expansion programme, was completed last month and boasts state-of-the-art science, humanities and languages teaching spaces which will […]