Category education

Classroom robots in line for top award

Somerset County Council’s trail-blazing use of robot technology, to help poorly children learn, is in line for a top award – and has been commended nationally. In the biggest initiative of its kind in the country, the Council invested in 50 AV1 robots to support children who can’t be in school – whether it’s because […]

Heads in Somerset ready to welcome pupils back

Somerset Head Teachers have issued a resounding message to pupils across the county – “School is the best place for you, we can’t wait to see you back”. As education leaders prepare for the return of all pupils from September, work has already begun to ensure parents and pupils are reassured and feel positive about […]

Student laptops for old tech

Vulnerable young people in Somerset are benefiting from a Somerset County Council technology recycling scheme. The County Council’s ICT department is buying laptops for vulnerable young people in Somerset using money raised from selling old staff devices. So far 71 laptops have been bought and welcomed by recipients – especially as some had been having […]

European Social Fund gives boost to Somerset young people

A project set up to help provide new opportunities for Somerset young people is being boosted by £563,000 from the European Social Fund (ESF). With match funding from Somerset County Council, and key partners, £1.1m will be available for the innovative SomersetWorks scheme. It will help provide new opportunities for young people in school years […]

We’ve got it covered – boost for Somerset pupils’ great outdoor lessons

Children back in education in Somerset are enjoying an innovative and rewarding outdoor curriculum with a little help from our friends. Working with Somerset County Council, local residents, charities, businesses and partners pulled together brilliantly to help staff deliver outdoor lessons whatever the great British weather by providing gazebos and expertise. So far 65  gazebos […]

Dedicated staff ensure provision for thousands of Somerset’s primary age pupils

One hundred per cent of relevant schools in Somerset are offering some kind of extended provision for primary age pupils new figures show. Education settings are working at capacity accommodating nearly a third of the county’s reception, year one and year six primary age pupils after extending provision following the half term break, while two […]

Schools get free emergency PPE kits

Free personal protective equipment (PPE) emergency packs will be supplied to schools in Somerset thanks to the County Council. Careful planning and sourcing have made sure that the Council has enough stocks of PPE to provide schools that are opening classes to year groups with enough equipment for the rest of the summer term – […]

Government proposals on staged return of early years and school children

Somerset County Council is currently working closely with education leaders following the Government’s announcement that early years providers/nurseries, schools and colleges may be asked to extend provision to more pupils with effect from 1 June. This step is conditional upon key indicators set by the Government based on the national COVID-19 situation. It applies initially […]

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 98.27 per cent of the 5600 applicants were offered a place at one of their top three primary school choices, and 93 per cent received […]

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 […]