Category SEND

Polden Bower School taking shape as investment in SEND education continues

A new £23m special school which will cater for 160 students with complex needs in Somerset is taking shape. Spectacular aerial footage taken in November by Bristol architects AWW shows the size and scale of the new Polden Bower school site in Bridgwater. The project is part of a wider Somerset County Council programme to […]

Somerset’s SEND services set out blueprint for improvement

Joint release from Somerset County Council and NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and their families in Somerset reached an important milestone this week, with the publication of a plan for rapid improvement. During an assessment earlier this year on how effectively SEND services […]

Team effort to support vulnerable families in summer holidays

Somerset is once again pulling together to ensure food is delivered to the most vulnerable families in the county during the summer holidays. Free school meals vouchers will be available for eligible children during the break following a recent Government announcement, and Somerset County Council is working with partner agencies and volunteers to support families […]

Painting of Glastonbury Tor courtesy of Gill's gallery (Burnham-on-Sea).

Somerset celebrates care heroes during Carers Week

Somerset is celebrating National Carers Week this week (8-14 June) to raise awareness and celebrate the vital role Somerset’s estimated 50,000 carers…

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 […]

Supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities – inspectors need parents’ views

Are you a parent carer of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability? Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) and CQC (Care Quality Commission) are currently undertaking a joint inspection of SEND Services in Somerset, referred to as the Local Area. They will be visiting Somerset next week, starting Monday, […]

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 […]

Pop into Bridgwater shop and support young people’s valuable work experience

  There’s an opportunity to pick up some unique gifts and support a valuable initiative in the run-up to Christmas. A highly successful retail project, and involving pupils from special schools across the county is providing vital work experience for young people and next week it came to Bridgwater. Finding proper work experience when you’re […]

Your path into social work with children?

Are you thinking of a career in Social Work? National Charity Frontline offers a fast track qualifying programme and is backed by Somerset County Council. It is holding a series of information evenings across the South West for anyone interested in moving into a career in social work to help transform the lives of vulnerable […]

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 […]