Category Councillor Tessa Munt

Ambitious plans to transform education in Somerset

Ambitious plans to transform education and drive improvements in Somerset schools have been unveiled. Somerset County Council’s new five-year education strategy was shared with professionals from across schools, local authorities, Ofsted and the Department for Education at the Somerset Education for Life event, held at Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton yesterday (21 March) The […]

Stopping child sexual abuse is in our hands

Child Protection professionals in Somerset unite today on 18 March for Stop Child Exploitation Day 2023, joining the national #HelpingHands campaign to #EndCSEin23. Professionals across the county have shared their pledges to end child exploitation in the following video, which has been shared on social media. SOMERSET SAYS NO TO CHILD EXPLOITATION – YouTube Stop […]

Social work training programme offers £19,833 tax-free bursary

Step Up to Social Work is an intensive, 14-month full-time programme for people who want to become social workers, but do not have a degree in social work.  The application window closes at noon on Friday 24th March The Department for Education covers the cost of university tuition and provides a tax-free bursary of £19,833 paid […]

New specialist Free School for Somerset children gets green light

Children in Somerset will benefit from a new free specialist school in Wells which will provide places for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs. Somerset County Council has been successful in its application to the Department for Education (DfE) to open the school, one of 33 new free special schools nationally.  Councillor Tessa […]

Do you have what it takes to “Step Up” to social work in Somerset?

It takes a special person to “step up” to social work – are you that person? Somerset County Council is looking for the right people to start a challenging and rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children and families. Somerset’s ‘Step Up to Social Work’ programme offers a unique opportunity to […]

Latest Ofsted and CQC review shows improvements in Somerset’s SEND services

An Ofsted and Care Quality Commission letter has shown improvements in Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) services in Somerset. Inspectors carried out a re-visit of the SEND Local Area Partnership (Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset and schools) in late 2022, and released their letter, detailing progress to the Partnership on Wednesday 1 February. The […]

Planning Approval Granted to Somerset’s First Net Zero School

Last month, planning permission was granted for the new primary school at the Orchard Grove development in Taunton.  The school will serve the new community, with capacity for 420 pupils and 52 nursery places, and room to expand to accommodate an additional 210 children. An investment of £11.3 million has been secured to build the […]

£8.6 million investment in Crewkerne and Ilminster School

 Crewkerne and Ilminster schools are in the final phase of £8.6 million of major building and improvement works, finishing in time for the new school year in September 2023. The combined efforts of school leaders, governors and staff, Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust, the Somerset County Council team and excellent local contractors saw major building […]

Families urged to share their thoughts as SEND consultation nears its closing date  

There is just over one week left to have your say on Somerset’s new plan for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).  The Somerset SEND Partnership (made up of Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset, Somerset Parent Carer Forum and local education providers), is urging families to share their thoughts before […]

School time capsule marks an eco-build first for Somerset climate strategy

Pupils from St Dunstan’s School in Glastonbury have marked a significant step in eco- building by burying a time capsule on the site of their new Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) base, the first of its kind in Somerset. The new ASC school building on the site of St Dunstan’s School is the first educational building […]