Category SEND

Special school’s new pool to offer ‘life-changing’ benefits

A brand-new hydrotherapy pool has opened at a special school in Taunton to provide major benefits for children and young people with complex disabilities. The £1.8m facility at the Hazelbrook campus at Selworthy School was funded by Somerset County Council and opened by the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Annie Maw. Selworthy School is a special […]

Have your say on Somerset SEND services

Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Parent Carer Forum are keen to hear from children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their families, professionals and health colleagues to help shape Somerset’s SEND services going forward. Anyone who has been in contact with Somerset SEND services (for whatever […]

Rise in number of Somerset students taking on Duke of Edinburgh Awards

More and more ambitious young people in Somerset are taking up the opportunity to improve their leadership and communication skills by pursuing a Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award. Following two years of turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Somerset DofE team are delighted that a total of 2,649 students have started an award in […]

Somerset SEND improvements noted by advisors

Somerset is continuing to deliver real and significant results for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – as confirmed by a recent monitoring visit by the Department for Education (DfE) and NHS England advisers. The visit highlighted both Somerset County Council’s (SCC) and Somerset NHS Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) commitment […]

Growing together to support children’s mental health

During this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February), Somerset County Council is working with ‘Young Somerset’ to encourage children to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow as part of this year’s ‘Growing Together’ theme. Children and young people are coming through a period of unprecedented disruption which […]

‘This is Me’ – 4 new films celebrate the lives of adults with learning disabilities

A Frome based charity has released four new films exploring the personal stories of people with learning disabilities…

Children replaced by robots in hi-tech boost for learning

Somerset County Council’s investment in the latest robot technology is helping to ensure absent pupils can continue to access education when not in the classroom. The Council has invested in 50 AV1 robots to support students who can’t be in school – whether it’s because they are sick or overcoming physical or mental health challenges. […]

Government advisers hear of ‘significant developments’ in children’s services

Improvements, investment and innovation in Somerset’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services are continuing at pace with Government advisers endorsing progress. Government advisers from NHS England and the Department for Education met with Somerset SEND leaders recently (21 September) for the third time. Their report concluded ‘SEND leaders continue to provide robust oversight, with […]

HRH The Princess Royal officially opens £6.85m new facility at Yeovil special school

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal today (Friday 22 October) officially opened the Sycamore Building at Fairmead School in Yeovil and toured the first-class facilities being enjoyed by students, staff and the local community. The new school building was made possible by an investment of £6.85m by Somerset County Council. Completed in the summer holiday […]

Construction begins to expand Taunton special school

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on 4 October to officially mark the beginning of construction to expand Taunton’s Sky Academy. Sky Academy provides specialist educational and residential care for young people with complex social, emotional and learning difficulties. Somerset County Council has appointed construction company Willmott Dixon to deliver the project which will create a […]