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FREE ADHD Training – have you signed up yet?

October 20, 2023

SEND

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…

Halloween, half term and bonfire night events

October 20, 2023

SEND

Our Events page is growing! Keep up to date with SEND events in Somerset using our events calendar which you can find on the Somerset Local Offer Website at SEND events (somerset.gov.uk). From meet ups to activity days, and sports clubs…

We need you! Local Offer reviewing group

October 20, 2023

SEND

Somerset’s SEND services must publish clear, comprehensive and accessible information about support available to children and young people with SEND. This is known as our Local Offer. We are creating a review group of parent carers to be directly involved…

Independent Travel Trainers – all you need to know!

October 20, 2023

SEND

Independent Travel Training is available for students aged 14 plus with a special educational need or disability who require assistance to travel independently to an educational establishment, resource base or work placement. How are Students referred? SEND Students applying for…

#LearnForLove – resources worth £100

October 20, 2023

SEND

A series of online relationship, health, and wellbeing resources worth £100 per person are available to all Somerset residents. They span topics such as pregnancy, labour and birth, parenting, mental health and wellbeing, and relationships. Residents can access the online…

Social Communication; Emotional Regulation; Transactional Supports Training

October 20, 2023

SEND

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…

Community Inclusion and Activity Team – October Half Term Calendar!

October 9, 2023

SEND

The Community Inclusion and Activity Team’s October Half Term Calendar is available! There are a host of activities to keep everyone busy over half term. Inclusive activities include seasonal forest school activities, roller skating, a scary Halloween walk and so…

Private Fostering Awareness Week

September 21, 2023

SEND

Do you know your responsibilities around Private Fostering? Many teams across the Council work with children and families in their service areas and roles, so with Private Fostering Awareness Week on the horizon, we’re highlighting the need to inform Children’s…

Early Years Graduated Response Tool

September 21, 2023

SEND

Don’t forget, booking for September’s online webinars on the Early Years Graduated Response Tool are now open! These webinars will introduce users to the new co -produced Early Years tool and are aimed at training professionals who use the Graduated…

Coming Up on Local Offer Live Week

September 21, 2023

SEND

We’re excited to keep you in the loop about our upcoming series of events designed to help you understand the services provided for children and young individuals with special educational needs and/or disabilities here in Somerset. Our events, typically hosted…

Dingley’s Promise Early Years Inclusion Training

September 21, 2023

SEND

As we enter another academic year you may be evaluating your training needs, particularly for those transitioning from early years into reception classes. Dingley’s Promise Inclusion training is online, accessible, full of practical ideas and gives opportunity for true reflective…

Partnership Update – Somerset Parent Carer Forum

September 21, 2023

SEND

The Somerset Parent Carer Forum CIC is excited to share some wonderful news – the organisation has secured funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, a supporter of community projects across the UK. The Forum is thrilled to have been…

Local First Sufficiency

September 21, 2023

SEND

One of Somerset’s greatest assets but also greatest challenges is its rural geography.  Whilst the vast expanse of countryside provides much beauty and opportunity it also presents some of our biggest obstacles in achieving the ambition that all children can…

The Unstoppables Summer Update

September 21, 2023

SEND

Our SEND Young Persons Champion has written about the youth event see details below 😊 On August 6th it was the youth event where young people came to meet and do some important work. The Youth groups that attended was…

National Inclusion Week/ADHD Awareness Month/World Mental Health Day

September 21, 2023

SEND

Founded by Inclusive Employers, National Inclusion Week (NIW) is a week dedicated to celebrating inclusion and taking action to create inclusive workplaces. This year’s theme is, ‘Take Action Make Impact’ #TakeActionMakeImpact. It highlights not just taking action, but also understanding…

Trust Appointed for Free School

September 21, 2023

SEND

After a few challenging years in the building and development of Somerset’s Specialist Free School we are incredibly excited to share news of the appointment of a Multi Academy Trust to run the provision.  Over the school summer holiday Local…

Transparent Language Online for Somerset Libraries members

September 21, 2023

SEND

Transparent Language Online offers Somerset Libraries members the chance to learn over 110 different languages for free! Suitable for everyone to complete, from beginners to those wanting to improve their language skills. It offers a wide range of learning tools suitable for…

Supported Employment Opportunities

September 21, 2023

SEND

Somerset Council has been at the centre of developing a range of initiatives for those young people with SEND who aspire to having employment opportunities as part of their future life choices. Supported Internships have been running for over 10…

Sharing your Lived Experiences

September 21, 2023

SEND

Celebrating and sharing the many successes of our children and young people with SEND is a crucial element of us being able to grow a truly inclusive society.  For our future issues of SEND news we would like to invite…

Somerset SEND Network groups for SENCOs 23-24

September 21, 2023

SEND

The Somerset SEND Network groups 23-24 will be starting shortly. They are intended for SENCOs and take place 3 times a year face-to-face. There will also be 3 newsletters per year, with service updates.  The Networks are run in 6…