Inspiring young people to think about the future 9 July, 2020

In a normal summer term many students would benefit from work experience, which builds their employability skills and shapes their future choices. This year COVID-19 restrictions have prevented most on-site placements – but this has not stopped employers – including the Council –  from inspiring their future workforce. Somerset Education…

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Getting set to go back to school 9 July, 2020

September will be here soon enough and for some children thoughts of going back to school may provoke anxiety. ‘My Back to School Bubble’ aims to help children understand the new protective measures that may be in place at their school, in an age-appropriate way. It reinforces public health messages including…

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Pulling together to help families use meal vouchers 9 July, 2020

Somerset is once again pulling together to ensure food is delivered to the most vulnerable families in the county during the summer holidays. Free school meals vouchers will be available for eligible children during the break following a recent Government announcement, and Somerset County Council is working with partner agencies…

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Read the new SENDIAS newsletter 9 July, 2020

Somerset’s SENDIAS service has launched a new newsletter. The service is a confidential, impartial, free information, advice and support service for parents/carers and children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities 0 – 25. The newsletter contains news and information on the service along with any latest developments…

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Somerset Emotion Coaching Project – come aboard! 2 July, 2020

Over the next year there’s a fantastic opportunity for school staff and those working with children and young people to get some invaluable training. EHCAP, and organisation which provides innovative training and solutions across education, health and care services is rolling out Mindful Emotion Coaching and Adverse Childhood Experience (MACE)…

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Thank you for your participation 2 July, 2020

We would like to express our thanks to everyone who took part in the Parent Carer Survey in response to the recent SEND Inspection. The response was amazing with 758 replies. Representatives from Parent Carer Forum will now analyse these and meet with colleagues from the Local Authority and CCG…

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SEND inspection survey for school governors/trustees 2 July, 2020

The SEND inspection survey for School Governors/Trustees closes this Friday 3 July – so please complete it if you haven’t already. The deadline was extended by one week – you have until midnight to complete this. If you are a School Governor or Trustee and  have not received the link…

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Somerset Libraries launch new personal shopper service as doors begin to reopen 2 July, 2020

As part of the phased reopening of library buildings later this month, a new ‘personal shopper’ service is being introduced. Somerset County Council will launch the service in Taunton Library on 6 July. Subject to a review, it will then be introduced in Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead and Yeovil on 13…

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Have you feed back to SENDIAS? 2 July, 2020

Somerset SENDIAS is the confidential, impartial, free information, advice and support  service for parents/carers and children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities 0 – 25. If you’re a parent carer they’d like you to spend a few minutes completing their survey on the service – it will…

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Support and guidance for parents by text 25 June, 2020

There’s a new way for parents and carers to access confidential support and advice from their Health Visiting Team or School Nurse. Somerset’s Public Health Nursing which includes Health Visitors and School Nurses has launched an enhancement to its service through a digital NHS approved platform called ChatHealth – which…

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