The Somerset Core Standards are currently being re-developed with all stakeholders within education, parent/carers and service teams.

You can find out more and have your say on the draft document here

Together we have developed a set of documents that say what we expect to be available for everyone who attends an educational setting in Somerset. These documents are called the Core Standards.

We have worked with

  • Nurseries and pre-schools
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Support services for educational settings
  • Parents
  • Young people

The Core Standards were designed to make sure that all educational settings understand and comply with updated legislation. They make it clear ‘what to expect’ in terms of what is provided, and are written for parents, children and young people, school staff and those who provide services to families.

Core Standards Introduction Presentation Slides February 2017

  1. An Introduction to the Core Standards
  2. Core Standards for Early Years Settings
  3. Core Standards for Schools
  4. Core Standards for Post-16 providers
  5. Core Standards for Cognition and Learning Difficulties
  6. Core Standards for Communication and Interaction Difficulties
  7. Core Standards for Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
  8. Core Standards for Physical and Medical Difficulties
  9. Core Standards for Hearing Impairment
  10. Core Standards for Visual Impairment
  11. A resource pack containing useful guides to local provisions, training directories
  12. A self-evaluation tool for rating your setting’s compliance with the Core Standards

Core Standards Poster A3
The National Award for SEN Co-ordination Course information

Our Young People’s Champions have recorded this video, to explain what the core standards are all about.

Sensory Processing Handbook

The Somerset Sensory Processing Handbook has been co-produced to raise awareness on sensory processing and provides information in how to support children and young people (CYP) who experience difficulties with sensory processing. It is aimed at education settings, but this information can also be useful to all organisations supporting Children and Young People who have been identified as having sensory processing needs or differences as well as for parents and carers.

This guidance document provides up-to-date information on the nature of sensory processing differences and difficulties, and the impact they can have on the lives of children and young people. It provides information on a number of safe interventions for individual children and young people, and groups. There are also recommendations about the creation of appropriate learning environments for those experiencing these difficulties. This handbook provides helpful ideas and strategies that can be incorporated into a child or young person’s sensory plan if needed.

The Sensory Processing Handbook will be updated annually.