Category Families and Children

We’re all in this together! A teacher blogs from the home education front

This last couple of weeks has seen many parents become first time home educators – some more willingly taking up the mantle than others – and that’s completely understandable. My message to you is please don’t be daunted, just do the best you can. The role of home educator comes with a range of different, […]

Thank you to our amazing schools and education staff

The fantastic response of Somerset’s schools and education staff to the coronavirus emergency has been praised on a local and national level. Schools, colleges and Early Years providers across the county are playing a vital role in keeping frontline services running as they remain open for the children of key workers and for vulnerable pupils. […]

Reading Well for children

Libraries throughout Somerset have a new collection of books aimed specifically at supporting children’s emotional wellbeing. The books focus on helping them understand their feelings and worries and gives support to help them cope with tough times. The ‘Reading Well’ collection has been chosen by children, carers, health experts and librarians and the books are […]

Somerset Music inspires children to hit the high notes

Learning a musical instrument, getting the chance to perform in public or working with a world-class voice coach are within reach of all Somerset’s children thanks to its pioneering music service. Last month hundreds of children and young people at schools across Somerset were given a unique opportunity to work with world-renowned choral director Mark […]

Landmark expansion caps a great few years for Bridgwater College Academy

Pupils and staff celebrated the opening of a stunning new multi-million pound teaching block this week at their Somerset school. The Chevalley building at Bridgwater College Academy, the latest addition in Somerset County Council’s ambitious school builds and expansion programme, was completed last month and boasts state-of-the-art science, humanities and languages teaching spaces which will […]

More support for children’s mental health

Somerset County Council is deploying two new teams to boost children’s mental health as part of its programme of support for children and schools available in the county. The initiative has been developed after the County Council and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group won £400,000 in Government trailblazer funding through the Fit for my Future partnership. […]

Need some extra help?

Everyone needs a bit of help sometimes – especially if you’re a parent of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND). Parents have told us that systems and processes can be confusing and complicated when they’re looking for help. If you do need support you need to know exactly […]

Bird’s eye view of new special school

Work on a new £21m special school in Somerset is progressing well with the aim of completion in January 2021. And spectacular aerial footage of the Polden Bower school site in Bridgwater shows the shape and scale of the Somerset County Council project that is part of a wider programme to boost provision for children […]

£15m of school expansions another landmark in ambitious programme

Work to create nearly 600 new secondary places in Somerset is progressing apace with this January seeing the completion of the first of two major projects. Later this month the first pupils will be welcomed into a new Somerset County Council-funded £8 million expansion of Bridgwater College Academy. The project has been managed by Futures […]

Volunteers needed to support young people in care

Volunteers are urgently needed to help support Somerset children and young people in care have fun, gain confidence, rebuild trust and speak up for them in key meetings. Age and background don’t matter – but commitment and a willingness to connect with children and young people who need independent support are essential. Somerset County Council […]