Category Cllr Frances Nicholson

Somerset’s investment in SEND education continues with three projects nearing completion

Contractors are in the final stages of work on site at three projects – exceeding £15m in investment by Somerset County Council – to improve provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Somerset. Work at Fiveways Special School and Fairmead Special School, both in Yeovil, and the Holway […]

£1.8m investment in hydrotherapy pool at Selworthy School

Work has started on a new £1.8m hydrotherapy pool at Selworthy School in Taunton which will help the school meet the therapeutic needs of its most complex children. Selworthy School is a school for children and young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) aged 4-19. Somerset County Council is investing a total of […]

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% […]

Council invests in ambitious plans to support Somerset young people

An ambitious and innovative approach to improve the life chances of Somerset’s highest needs children was given the green light by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet this week (21 June). The ten-year programme will deliver a new way of working which will address the needs of Somerset’s most complex children and young people who are cared […]

Bold & Brave shop set to open in Somerset

A new shop which aims to help vulnerable young people boost their employability and life skills is set to open in Somerset. The new social enterprise, called Bold & Brave, is the result of collaboration between Young Somerset and sen.se (Special Educational Needs. Somerset Expertise) and will be based at 14 Riverside Place in Taunton. […]

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 […]

Open a new chapter in a child’s story

More than 500 children in Somerset need foster homes – and carers who could help change their life stories. As Foster Care Fortnight gets under way (10-23 May), Somerset County Council is appealing for more people to come forward and share their homes and lives with children who desperately need a new beginning. Theo’s Story, […]

SEND improvements benefit children and families

Improvements in the way SEND services are delivered across Somerset are already bringing benefits to children, young people and families, Somerset’s latest Health and Wellbeing Board heard. Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset County Council are working closely together and investing heavily in their shared commitment to improve the lives of children and young people […]

Thousands of children set to benefit from Easter holiday activities programme

Somerset County Council has joined with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) to organise a programme of activities for the Easter holidays, aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Somerset’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and social isolation. More than 2,000 young people aged 5 – 16 years will have access […]