Introduction

Our vision is for Somerset to be the most forward looking area in England for education and learning. Our ambition is that children are safe, healthy, happy; are ambitious for their future, and develop skills for life.

Strategy for Achieving Excellence for All 2016-2019

If you work with, or support children or young people in Somerset, this important and exciting strategy relates to you. We want the whole of the Somerset community to be inspired by our vision and to support our ambition. We have high aspirations for all children and young people, and need to work together to secure the best possible future for our children and families, as well as a bright economic future for all Somerset communities.

During the autumn of 2015, the local authority held a series of workshops with leaders and representatives from our wide ranging child care, early help, education, skills and business sectors, to agree a shared vision, and to develop a strategy that will accelerate our ambition to make Somerset a great place for children and young people to grow up, learn, develop and achieve.

Our partners include families and communities, and the many different providers across the early years, school, post-16, training and employment sectors, health services and the police. The ‘Strategy for Achieving Excellence for All’ sets out our collective ambition and priorities for each stage in a child and young person’s life, from their early years, to post-16 education, training and employment.