Category Families and Children

Somerset young people invited to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Following the recent death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Somerset’s Duke of Edinburgh Award team have set themselves a challenge to find 100 young people of any ability aged 14-24 to take part remotely in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Young people inspired by the recent media attention about the DofE […]

SEND improvements benefit children and families

Improvements in the way SEND services are delivered across Somerset are already bringing benefits to children, young people and families, Somerset’s latest Health and Wellbeing Board heard. Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset County Council are working closely together and investing heavily in their shared commitment to improve the lives of children and young people […]

Thousands of children set to benefit from Easter holiday activities programme

Somerset County Council has joined with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) to organise a programme of activities for the Easter holidays, aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Somerset’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and social isolation. More than 2,000 young people aged 5 – 16 years will have access […]

Decision made on the future of education delivery in Crewkerne and Ilminster

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet today approved proposals for a major change in the delivery of education in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area. From September 2022, the area’s current three-tier school system will become a two-tier system with major changes including: Wadham School to become a secondary school. Maiden Beech, Ashlands, St Bartholomew’s, Merriott and Haselbury […]

Making sure Somerset’s young carers don’t miss out

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more young people in Somerset have found themselves in a position where they need to provide care for a loved one. Today (Tuesday, March 16) is Young Carers Actions Day, and Somerset County Council is taking the opportunity to thank the county’s young carers for their amazing work and highlight […]

Have your say on plans for new Comeytrowe primary school

From today (Monday 8 March), members of the public are invited to have their say on proposals for a new 14-class primary school to serve the Orchard Grove housing development in Comeytrowe, Taunton. This follows the unanimous backing by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet on 20 January of proposals for a new 420-place primary school and […]

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New Assistant Director – Inclusion appointed

Somerset County Council has announced that Dr Rob Hart has been appointed as its new Children’s Services Assistant Director – Inclusion. Rob has a wealth of experience and will be instrumental in driving forward change in Children’s Services and improving Somerset’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Services (SEND). Working closely with colleagues in the NHS, […]

Applications open for support with Easter holiday activities

Somerset County Council has joined up with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) to organise a programme for the forthcoming Easter holidays aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Somerset’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and social isolation. The County Council has already confirmed it will continue to fund Free School […]

10 top things to occupy the kids this lockdown half-term

It can be challenging to keep children entertained during half term at the best of times, let alone during a lockdown. With isolation, the cold weather, and many children not able to go out on day trips, see grandparents or visit friends – this will not be a normal half term. Somerset County Council has […]

Social Workers in Schools launches in Somerset

A ground-breaking initiative to place social workers in schools to help keep children safe from exploitation has started in Somerset. Somerset County Council successfully secured £400,000 from the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the Social Workers in Schools (SWIS) programme. Eight social workers are working in secondary schools across Somerset, with at least […]