Category SEND

‘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 […]

Bold & Brave shop opening in Taunton

A new shop which aims to help young people boost their employability and life skills is set to open in Taunton this week. The new social enterprise, called Bold & Brave, is the result of collaboration between Young Somerset and sen.se and can be found at 14 Riverside Place in Taunton. sen.se stands for ‘Special […]

SEND Services maintaining progress

Millions invested in Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND), service access improvements, positive user feedback and strong project management lead advisors to conclude Somerset’s SEND services remain on track. A recent Department for Education and NHS visit concluded Somerset SEND services for children and young people in Somerset continue to ‘maintain progress’ – despite the […]

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 […]