Category education

Digital theme for Libraries Week

A care home visit and free virtual reality tours at Taunton Library are on the agenda in a bid to encourage people to get digital for National Libraries Week. The theme for this year’s libraries week, which runs from 7-12 October, is all things digital and libraries across the county will be offering a range […]

Online package to help children be heard

An improved online package to help children and young people make their voices heard has been launched by Somerset County Council. Building on an easily accessible toolkit created last year, Somerset Young People’s Voice is designed to give young people a strong voice when it comes to issues that affect them. The tools are designed […]

Education boost for Somerset as nearly £17m of school projects are completed

Somerset school children have started the academic year boosted by a multi-million collection of school new builds and improvements. These include the £8.5m Hazelbrook campus at Selworthy School and the new £7.3m Nerrols Primary school, both in Taunton, and between them creating 500 new school places. The state-of-the-art new campus at Selworthy will offer 80-100 […]

Make your voices heard, young people in Somerset are urged

The biggest youth consultation in the UK is now underway as young people aged 11-18 across Somerset get ready to vote on the issues that matter most to them. Somerset’s Youth Parliament, which is supported by Somerset County Council is promoting the UK-wide Make Your Mark project which aims to highlight the big issues for […]

Can you help support arts activities in schools?

Donations are being sought from businesses and residents across Somerset to support arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people. The County Council is backing local arts charity Somerset Partnership Arts Education Agency (SPAEDA) to unlock match funding from the Arts Council. The aim is to provide enriching, creative activities in schools for children […]

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 […]

Exciting future for Priorswood Library

Celebrations took place last week (Friday 17 May) after Priorswood Library’s long-term future was confirmed with the signing of a Community Library Partnership. Library friends, partners, school and nursery children and staff joined together at the library to celebrate the signing of the agreement between The Friends of Taunton Library and Somerset County Council. Last […]

Government praises Council’s ‘cost effective’ schools programme

Somerset’s work to build and expand schools has been highlighted as a model of good practice by Government. The County Council has been praised by Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Education for its ‘efficient’ and ‘cost effective’ schools capital programme. In his letter to the Council’s Chief Executive, Pat Flaherty, Lord Agnew said the Government […]