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Schools Admission Criteria – Have your say

December 19, 2023

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Somerset Council are asking members of the public to have their say on the proposed changes to admission arrangements for Somerset schools from the academic year 2025 to 2026. Admissions arrangements can include catchment area boundaries, published admission numbers and…

The CIA Team on the Local Offer

December 19, 2023

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Supporting families with additional needs to get into the festive spirit, the Community Inclusion and Activity Team’s Christmas Calendar is now running! Exciting inclusive activities include festive arts and crafts, presents from Santa, activity packs, woodland fun day and more.…

Connect Somerset Champions are here to help

December 19, 2023

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Connect Somerset has been launched to improve early help in the community. It is about all professionals and community groups working together to help families and residents to improve their lives. This work also helps to reduce the cost of…

Social Communication; Emotional Regulation; Transactional Supports Training – don’t miss out!

December 19, 2023

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Social Communication; Emotional Regulation; Transactional Supports (SCERTS) is an evidenced-based assessment and intervention framework to support autistic children and young people and those with social, emotional, and mental health needs. This training is FREE to the Somerset workforce and education…

Congratulations to Somerset Schools Achieving their Young Carers in Schools Award!

December 19, 2023

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The Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) award is an England-wide initiative that aims to provide schools with the tools and resources to help support their young carers have the same access to education and opportunities as their peers. The award…

Free ADHD Training! Have you signed up?

December 19, 2023

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The Educational Psychology Service is running training for all schools and their communities, this academic year (2023-24). This free three-hour training session will look at ADHD, what it is as well as what it isn’t, explore differences (neurodiversity), and offer practical strategies…

Quiet sessions at festive ice rink!

December 19, 2023

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Fancy trying something new? Or maybe you are a seasoned skater already! Featuring real ice, the 550 square metre undercover ice rink offers 45-minute ice-skating sessions which are pre-bookable with skate hire included. Open until January 7, the ice rink…

December SENDAIS Newsletter

December 19, 2023

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Somerset SENDIAS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support) can give children, young people and their parent carers information, advice and support about SEND. This can include information on Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessments and Plans.…

Can young people today fix the NHS crisis for tomorrow? – Youth Forum responds

December 19, 2023

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In November, the Youth Forum met to discuss the NHS crisis and the proposed changes for 2035. We welcomed young people from across the county to participate in the event, which took place over Zoom. In the session, Youth Forum…

Does Somerset really care about children and young people? Preparing to write the next Children and Young People’s Plan

December 19, 2023

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Somerset Youth Forum is inviting all young people in Somerset aged 10-18 years (or up to 25 years with SEND) to a special session to discuss what young people need to have a happy and healthy childhood in Somerset. This…

Save the date for EYSS Training

December 19, 2023

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Dingley’s Promise are thrilled to announce a series of upcoming Early Years Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (EYSS) training sessions aimed at furthering support for our children with diverse needs. Role of EY SENCo: 23/4/2024 and 30/4/2024 SCIL L3 SENCo…

Help to reduce arguments at Christmas with these free online courses

December 19, 2023

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51% of parents say Christmas is a stressful time. Stress can lead to conflict, and with 13% of children in Somerset likely to live in families where parents struggle with unhealthy conflict, every little bit of help can make an…

Could you change a child’s story… just like Willow?

December 19, 2023

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You have the potential to make a difference to the life of vulnerable young person and change a child’s story, in a rewarding paid role as a Somerset foster carer. This is the powerful and emotive message behind a short…

Welcome from Claire Merchant-Jones

November 23, 2023

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Hello and welcome to the November edition of SEND News- it is full of insights, updates and opportunities to take part! I think Erin has done a better job than I could in introducing this newsletter through her moving poem,…

Erin’s Poem

November 23, 2023

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Erin, who is a supported employee with Somerset Council working with HR Admin and Payroll, has shared a very powerful poem she crafted about her experience of living with a disability. You can read the poem below: I never had…

The Local Offer – My Important Stuff

November 23, 2023

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It is important that every child and young person knows what activities and support are available in Somerset. The My Important Stuff document gives children and young people a way to keep and share significant information with key people in their…

Inclusion Champions Training Day

November 23, 2023

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On November the 9th, a group of professionals and volunteers from all over Somerset came together to take part in a full-day, in-person workshop, hosted by The Somerset Parent Carer Forum with help from Engagement and Participation from Somerset Council.…

Upcoming Wise Up Workshops

November 23, 2023

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The Somerset Parent Carer Forum have created a range of fantastic workshops based on topics parents have expressed would be helpful – Workshops for Information, Support and Education (WISE). All the workshops are delivered or co-delivered by someone with lived experience of…

Catch up on the Local Offer Live videos

November 23, 2023

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Our Local Offer live events were run virtually from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th October 2023 on Microsoft Teams. From sessions on dyslexia, ADHD and EHCP Myth busting, to support available in Somerset, lots of sessions and workshops were held…

The Community Inclusion and Activity Team’s Christmas Calendar

November 23, 2023

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The Community Inclusion and Activity Team’s Christmas Calendar is now available! Exciting inclusive activities include festive arts and crafts, presents from Santa, activity packs, woodland fun day and more. For ALL children and young people in Somerset with a disability…