Category Cllr Frances Nicholson

Sign up to big vote urges Somerset Youth Parliament

  The call is going out to make sure as many young people as possible make their voices heard in the UK’s biggest youth consultation. Somerset’s Youth Parliament, which is supported by Somerset County Council, is promoting this year’s Make Your Mark campaign which enables people aged 11 to 18 vote on the issues which […]

Somerset children tune into a lifelong love of music

More than 1,000 pupils from schools across Somerset experienced the sound of a live professional orchestra at showcase concerts. For many of the Key Stage 2 children involved the County Council-supported events at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre would have been a brand-new experience. The two concerts performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra last week were part […]

Pop-up shop causes a ‘sen.se-sation’

After popping up in Taunton and Yeovil a sen.se Sational addition to the market town of Frome has opened. The new outlet in Bath Street, supported by Somerset County Council, is run by pupils from special schools across Somerset selling a huge range of products they have made themselves. From ornaments, jams and upcycled furniture, […]

Somerset Youth Parliament Members launch their Manifesto

Young people from Somerset elected to ensure the voices of their peers are heard across the County have unveiled their Manifesto. The three recently elected Somerset Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs), supported by Somerset County Council, are proud to announce the release of the booklet which outlines their key campaigns. These are: Save Our Environment […]

Ofsted finds positive improvement during inspection of Children’s Services

Vulnerable children in Somerset are receiving an improving service with confident staff making good decisions, a report from the regulator Ofsted has concluded. Ofsted inspectors carried out a snap inspection of Somerset County Council’s early help and social work teams to assess how cases were dealt with in the community. Inspectors found good practice and […]

Somerset schools supporting Mental Health

Over 60 Somerset schools have signed up to the County Council’s approach to supporting young people’s wellbeing and mental health. This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week (4 – 10 February) and with 10 per cent of pupils known to have a clinically diagnosed mental health issue (DfE 2015), the Council recognises the importance […]

Roadshow brings Somerset’s Local Offer to your doorstep

An online one-stop-shop for education, health and social care information for children with Special Education Needs is being promoted at roadshows across Somerset. The events in Frome, Bridgwater, Compton Dundon and Wincanton are highlighting the Local Offer website published by Somerset County Council and the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group. It contains clear information about the […]

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 […]

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 […]