Inclusion Inquiry – parents and carers encouraged to take part in listening events 1 April, 2021

Parents and carers are encouraged to take part in ‘listening’ events where their views on educational inclusion within Somerset will be heard. The two events will take place on Wednesday 21 April, as follows: 10-11am – Register here to attend through event booking website Eventbrite 6-7pm – Register here to…

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World Autism Awareness Week 1 April, 2021

It’s World Autism Awareness Week (29 March to 4 April). More than 1 in 100 people in the UK are autistic – they are our family members, loved ones, friends, and colleagues. Autism is not an illness or disease – autism is different for everyone, and autistic people may behave…

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SEND improvement update: Redesigning Autism and ADHD Assessment Pathways 1 April, 2021

Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group are working in partnership to improve Somerset’s services for children and young people (aged 0-25) with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The work being undertaken is outlined within the Written Statement of Action (WSoA) and divided into Improvement Priority (IP)…

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Rewriting the Narrative: Lessons about inclusion from autistic adolescent girls who stop attending school 1 April, 2021

Children who stop attending school are often called truants or school refusers, placing the reason for their absence as a problem within the child. This session proposes a different way of interpreting their absence, by sharing lessons learnt from research with ten autistic girls who stopped attending mainstream secondary schools.…

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Ideas for activities over the Easter holidays 1 April, 2021

A range of affordable activities are on offer for children, young people and their families over the Easter holidays. Find out more by looking at the Community Inclusion and Activity Team calendar, which is available to view and download. In it you’ll find a calendar bursting with ideas of things…

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Support for families in Somerset this Easter 1 April, 2021

Somerset County Council has taken several steps to ensure there is robust support for families in place over the upcoming Easter holidays. Somerset County Council has provided schools with funding for food vouchers over Easter worth £30 (£15 per week) for children eligible for Free School Meals, as well as…

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Keep your children safe this Easter 1 April, 2021

As lockdown restrictions ease and the Easter holidays are upon us, it is worth looking at some of the ways that we can protect our children from unintentional injury as we start to get out and about with them. Choking hazards Did you know that each day in the UK…

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Somerset’s Public Health leaders encourage residents to take new freedoms ‘day by day’ 1 April, 2021

Lockdown restrictions were eased on Monday – and while we all want to make the most of the new freedoms, we must be careful too. Somerset’s Public Health leaders are urging residents to be responsible and stay safe as lockdown eases in order to keep infection rates down. The changes…

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Reminder: asymptomatic testing programme not available to children under the age of 11 1 April, 2021

Staff working in primary schools and nursery settings The asymptomatic testing programme offers all staff working in primary school, schools-based nursery and maintained nursery school settings home Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits for twice weekly testing. This helps to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus in education settings…

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Covid-19 in Somerset: have your say 1 April, 2021

Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team has launched a community survey to seek the views of as many people across Somerset as possible. As we begin the cautious journey out of national lockdown, the team is keen to hear from you about three key areas: testing vaccination self-isolating. Many asymptomatic…

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