This page links to important documents that support and explain what is in our Local Offer.
We publish documents like strategies and policies about how we expect children and young people, and people with additional needs, to be supported and involved in their education, health and care. And we have guidance about how to find out about and use the services available.
Here are some of the documents that you might especially want to read.
The SEND policy for Somerset
The policy contains local authority expectations about supporting children and young people with special educational needs.
Read the the SEND Policy in full
We oversee a range of support to meet the needs of children and young people in education. Educational support is co-ordinated with other services and there are policies and ways of working that shape the services we provide. The way we provide support for children and young people with SEND is based on the SEN&D Code of Practice 2015
SEND Strategy for Somerset
We want every child and young person to have the greatest possible opportunity to be the best they can be, to be happy, and have choice and control over their life.
We need to transform our services and work together to make sure that the child or young person is at the centre of everything we do. Our 2016 to 2019 strategy is the partnership response to the challenge to all of us.
The full Somerset SEND Strategy 2016 to 2019
You can also find our SEND Charter here
Our Local Offer Annual Report 2017/18 – We would like to thank each and every one of you for giving us your comments. During the coming year we will be working hard with the feedback you have given to us to make the Local Offer better for us all. Please keep getting involved.
The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so that children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
Other types of school, like academies and private schools, don’t have to follow the National Curriculum but still have standards they have to meet. If your child attends an academy and you have any concerns or questions about the curriculum, please contact the academy directly.
Our Education Travel Policy sets out how we have interpreted our duty within the relevant legislation for home to school travel and transport guidance. The arrangements apply to pupils and students who live in Somerset or who are deemed to be our responsibility, and apply to travel arrangements at the beginning and end of the school day (and not to travel between educational establishments during the school day).
Here are links to our Transport Policy and Strategy.
For Education Transport for pupils who need special arrangements Transporting Somerset provide more information.
Somerset’s Accessibility Strategy and Schools Access Initiative
We are driven to make accessibility easier in all of our provision. With this in mind, we have produced the Accessibility Strategy
It is part of the School’s Access Initiative. Through this Initiative, the County Council and mainstream schools can:
- meet their Equality Act planning duties
- develop the accessibility of schools in Somerset and meet their Children and Families Act duties
- support schools and parents to meet the complex physical and access needs of children and young people
There are ways that schools can apply for accessibility funding. You can find more information in the Schools Access Initiative Funding Guidance