Category Families and Children

Primary school admission figures announced

Nearly 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 97.7 per cent of the 5,664 applicants were offered a place at one of their top three primary school choices, and 92.17 per cent received their […]

Celebrating our dedicated staff on World Social Work Day

The spotlight is on Somerset County Council’s Social Workers today as they join a global celebration of those undertaking one of the most difficult jobs in society. Social work with vulnerable children and adults is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of the Council’s work. And today, March 19, World Social Work Day, […]

Flying the Flag for LGBT Fostering

Somerset County Council flew the rainbow flag at County Hall this week, to mark LGBT Fostering week. Somerset County Council joined forces with other local authorities also flying LGBT flags, offering a symbol of support for those in the LGBT community, who want to make a difference to children’s lives. Caroline and her partner Liz […]

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 […]

New Somerset social work course offers fantastic incentives and links with Council

A new social work degree course is being launched in Somerset offering a guaranteed job interview and monthly cash incentive if you go on to work for Somerset County Council. The BSc Hons course is the result of an innovative partnership between the Yeovil College University Centre and the University of Gloucestershire and will be […]

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 […]

Have your say on new school proposal for Somerton

A proposal to build a new 420-pupil school in Somerton will be unveiled to parents and the local community next month. Somerset County Council is consulting on a proposal to build the 14-class primary school which will replace both the existing King Ina Academy sites at Etsome Terrace and School Lane. The school will include […]

Somerset School Children win prizes for Fostering Christmas Cards

A seven-year-old from Eastover Primary School, has won a county wide Christmas card competition, for her design encouraging more people to foster children in Somerset. Pupils at Selworthy School won the over-12s category, and also a special group award. Phoebe Hilyer from Bridgwater was overall winner in a competition open to schools across Somerset. Selworthy […]

Construction of £7m new primary school reaches major milestone

A key milestone has been passed in the construction of a new £7m primary school in Taunton. The main phase of work has started on the Somerset County Council project – the new 14-class, 420-pupil Nerrols School which is due to open in September 2019. On Thursday (13 December) there was a bolt-tightening ceremony at […]