Taking care of our emotional health and wellbeing 9 December, 2021

This time of year it’s important to be taking care of our emotional health and wellbeing, taking time to step outside in daylight and finding experiences that bring us joy. Somerset Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Winter Wellness newsletter includes a quick guide help sheet for young people and…

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Can you help Healthwave with some research around how people access Special Educational Needs and Disability Services? 9 December, 2021

Healthwave is conducting some anonymous research around how people access Special Educational Needs and Disability services. These insights are being used to help improve services as the information received will be shared with the people tasked with improving services locally. By listening and responding to individuals experiences they hope to…

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Virtual events for the whole family 2 December, 2021

The Somerset Parent Carer Forum have two fabulous events for families in Somerset These events are open to those families have a child or children with an additional need and/or disability. How about a game of virtual bingo, with prizes to be won? The fun family friendly event will take…

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We would like to hear your thoughts and experiences of accessing support 2 December, 2021

In January there are two sessions planned which are open to anyone with experience of accessing support for children who have communications needs and/or autism in Somerset. The sessions will take place on Monday 24 January at 10am and 6pm. These sessions will focus on the support from the autism…

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Welcome to our new Inclusion Champions 2 December, 2021

“I believe everyone should have equal opportunities to reach their full potential in life and children with SEND need more help and support to facilitate this. If becoming an Inclusion Champion can assist this process, I look forward to being able to help.” Inclusion Champion in their EoI The Inclusion…

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SEND and Mental Health – a Service Gap 2 December, 2021

“Just because you can’t see my mental health doesn’t mean it’s not there” Unstoppables member Our Unstoppables Forum recently collaborated with the Somerset Parent Carer Forum (SPCF) to develop a presentation about the experiences of young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) who also experience mental ill health.…

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Accessible festive opportunities – do you know of any? 2 December, 2021

While the festive season can be a lot of fun, for some it can be overwhelming and there are not always a lot of options out there for those who may need special considerations to allow them to join in the festivities in a way which works for them. To…

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National Tutoring Programme webinars 2 December, 2021

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) helps support disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils from year one to year 11 to catch-up on missed education due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Department of Education (DfE) has confirmed that schools can now sign up to one of the NTP regional or national webinars, to…

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Information on applying for air cleaning unites in SEND and Alternative provision education settings 2 December, 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) will be making 1,000 DfE-funded air cleaning units available for teaching spaces and staff rooms in SEND and Alternative Provision settings, including SEN units in mainstream settings, where improvements to ventilation have not yet been possible. These settings are being prioritised given the higher-than-average number…

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Core Standards review – help shape this important document 25 November, 2021

Work is taking place to update the framework which sets out support and provision for all pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Somerset. This is being done to make the framework – which is called the Somerset ‘Core Standards’ – as a clear, concise, accessible and user-friendly…

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