Author Archives: Lucy Harris

Tell us your views on SEND services

Parents, carers, children, young people and practitioners are being asked to complete a short confidential survey to help shape services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Somerset. Somerset County Council, together with NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and the Somerset Parent Carer Forum, are keen to hear views […]

Grant aims to tackle growing childminder shortage in Somerset

Somerset County Council is renewing its campaign to tackle a shortage of childminders across the county through a ‘Golden Hello’ grant worth £250.00. The number of childminders in Somerset has fallen year upon year, in line with what is a national picture.  The number of registered childminders in the county has decreased by over 31% […]

Handover completed on new £23m special school in Bridgwater

Construction has finished on Polden Bower School, a brand new £23m Somerset County Council-funded state-of-the-art school in Bridgwater catering for 160 students with complex needs. The project is part of a wider Somerset County Council programme to boost provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in the county. The […]

Somerset young people invited to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Following the recent death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Somerset’s Duke of Edinburgh Award team have set themselves a challenge to find 100 young people of any ability aged 14-24 to take part remotely in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Young people inspired by the recent media attention about the DofE […]

Somerset primary school admission figures announced

More than 98 per cent of Somerset children were offered a primary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s latest school admission figures show. Overall, 98.5 per cent of the 5,365 applicants were offered a place at one of their top three primary school choices, and 94.58 per cent received […]

Decision made on the future of education delivery in Crewkerne and Ilminster

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet today approved proposals for a major change in the delivery of education in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area. From September 2022, the area’s current three-tier school system will become a two-tier system with major changes including: Wadham School to become a secondary school. Maiden Beech, Ashlands, St Bartholomew’s, Merriott and Haselbury […]

Have your say on plans for new Comeytrowe primary school

From today (Monday 8 March), members of the public are invited to have their say on proposals for a new 14-class primary school to serve the Orchard Grove housing development in Comeytrowe, Taunton. This follows the unanimous backing by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet on 20 January of proposals for a new 420-place primary school and […]

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New Assistant Director – Inclusion appointed

Somerset County Council has announced that Dr Rob Hart has been appointed as its new Children’s Services Assistant Director – Inclusion. Rob has a wealth of experience and will be instrumental in driving forward change in Children’s Services and improving Somerset’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Services (SEND). Working closely with colleagues in the NHS, […]

Make Your Mark – results are in

Over 2,200 young people aged 11-18 in Somerset made their mark this year within the UK’s biggest youth consultation by telling the Government and local decision makers what is important to them. Somerset’s Youth Parliament, supported by Somerset County Council, promotes the UK-wide ‘Make Your Mark’ project that aims to highlight the big issues for […]

Social Workers in Schools launches in Somerset

A ground-breaking initiative to place social workers in schools to help keep children safe from exploitation has started in Somerset. Somerset County Council successfully secured £400,000 from the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the Social Workers in Schools (SWIS) programme. Eight social workers are working in secondary schools across Somerset, with at least […]