Category SEND

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 […]

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 […]

Sign up to big vote urges Somerset Youth Parliament

  The call is going out to make sure as many young people as possible make their voices heard in the UK’s biggest youth consultation. Somerset’s Youth Parliament, which is supported by Somerset County Council, is promoting this year’s Make Your Mark campaign which enables people aged 11 to 18 vote on the issues which […]

Fun activities and support for children, young people and their families

A FREE day of fun activities for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND) and their families takes place in Street next month, delivered by Somerset County Council’s Short Breaks Team. It will take place on Saturday 6 July at Brookside Academy, Brooks Road, with many activities on offer including: […]

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, […]