Category SEND

Somerset’s investment in SEND education continues with three projects nearing completion

Contractors are in the final stages of work on site at three projects – exceeding £15m in investment by Somerset County Council – to improve provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Somerset. Work at Fiveways Special School and Fairmead Special School, both in Yeovil, and the Holway […]

£1.8m investment in hydrotherapy pool at Selworthy School

Work has started on a new £1.8m hydrotherapy pool at Selworthy School in Taunton which will help the school meet the therapeutic needs of its most complex children. Selworthy School is a school for children and young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities) aged 4-19. Somerset County Council is investing a total of […]

Tell us your views on SEND services

Parents, carers, children, young people and practitioners are being asked to complete a short confidential survey to help shape services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Somerset. Somerset County Council, together with NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and the Somerset Parent Carer Forum, are keen to hear views […]

Bold & Brave shop set to open in Somerset

A new shop which aims to help vulnerable young people boost their employability and life skills is set to open in Somerset. The new social enterprise, called Bold & Brave, is the result of collaboration between Young Somerset and sen.se (Special Educational Needs. Somerset Expertise) and will be based at 14 Riverside Place in Taunton. […]

Somerset leading nationwide changes to make healthcare more accessible

Somerset is the first county to launch a number of national initiatives designed to help make health services more accessible for people with learning disabilities and/or autism…

Libraries launch audio explainer during Hi Vis fortnight

Somerset Library Service has developed an audio explainer which allows visually impaired people to hear about the inclusive services that are available to them. The audio is being launched on their website during Hi Vis fortnight (7-20 June), an awareness campaign that seeks to highlight the wonderful world of accessible reading – this year’s theme […]

Coronavirus, caring and coping

As part of Carers Week Michael Wallis, Somerset County Council communications officer, talks about the challenges and the cheer of bringing up a child with Down Syndrome. I never really considered myself an unpaid carer, just a dad who happened to have a daughter that was disabled, but caring for my daughter is just what […]

Handover completed on new £23m special school in Bridgwater

Construction has finished on Polden Bower School, a brand new £23m Somerset County Council-funded state-of-the-art school in Bridgwater catering for 160 students with complex needs. The project is part of a wider Somerset County Council programme to boost provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in the county. The […]

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 […]

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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, […]