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Somerset SEND Local Area Re-visit

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Welcome to the latest edition of SEND News. Having had our first SEND local area inspection in March 2020, we will be having our re-visit on Monday 28th November to Thursday 1 December 2022. The re-visit by Ofsted (Office for…

5* out of 5 for SEND support meetings – 100% parents agree

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Parents across Somerset have given a top rating to recent improvements to Collaborative Outcome Meetings (sometimes referred to as COMs) – meetings which help families, schools, settings, and other professionals that support children or young people to work together to…

Somerset’s First Inclusion Summit

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As part of the work to improve SEND services, Somerset County Council invited local area partners (schools, parent carers, young people and NHS Somerset) to join them for an Inclusion Summit in October 2022. The summit’s main focuses were to develop…

Supporting schools to offer tailored learning for SEND students

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To help schools support students with SEND, Somerset County Council’s Educational Psychology Service has developed a new offer for secondary schools in Somerset. Working with Holyrood and Wadham schools, the service has developed the Enhanced Learning Provision initiative. This gives…

SEND and Mental Health study by The Unstoppables

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The Unstoppables, a group of people with SEND aged 13 – 25, have supported a mental health study: SEND and mental health.  Did you know? “13.3% of disabled people report that they felt lonely “often or always”, compared with only…

Making support for you easier and quicker to access

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After listening to feedback from families we have made changes to the way our community therapists make referrals – the process of linking someone to the help and support they need, which usually involves different professionals sharing information with each…

Our Young Person’s Champion

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Following our lovely write up from Gaby, one of our SEND Young Person’s Champions, we are now bringing you Alice’s view of the day! ? We really enjoyed the Inclusion Summit and both Young Person’s Champions had never been to…

Somerset Parent Carer Forum’s Life Skills Program

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Somerset Parent Carer Forum are delighted to be able to offer a 10-week Life Skills Program for young people 14-25 with additional needs living in Somerset.  Each session will include a mixture of fun social activities and opportunities to practice…

Free ADHD Training for Schools and Parent Carers

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The Educational Psychology Service is running training for all schools and their communities this academic year (2022-23).   What is it?   This free two-hour training session will explain what ADHD is and isn’t, explore differences (neurodiversity), and offer practical guidance to…

Our Great Travel Training Graduates!

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A big congratulation goes to Kai and Milly, who attend Bridgwater and Taunton College on finishing their travel training.  Both students have gained excellent tutoring from our expert travel trainers Tony and Jane.   The Somerset Independent Travel Training Scheme…

SCERTS webinars for parent carers

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Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional supports (we know long title that’s why we like to call it SCERTS)…  What is SCERTS and why is it important?  The SCERTS framework is based on evidence to create a positive environment for young…

Somerset Inclusion Advice Line

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Following on from a successful trial of the SEND Advice Line in the summer, we are pleased to announce that it has re-launched today (14/11/2022) as the Inclusion Advice Line.   The Inclusion Advice Line will once again be aimed initially…

Our SEND Strategy Consultation is now live!

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On Monday 24 October we, the Somerset SEND Partnership (which includes Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset, Somerset Parent Carer Forum and education providers released our draft SEND Strategy to the public for consultation.This may sound like a daunting thing to…

The Young Person’s Champions at the Inclusion Summit

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Last week Somerset County Council hosted the first Inclusion Summit. The summit was an opportunity to act on the outcomes of the Inclusion Inquiry; with people from health and social care, schools, parent carers, young people and the County Council…

Happy Halloween! Please don’t be too scary!

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It’s a spooky day for SEND News to be released on! But for many, Halloween can also be scary and can cause anxiety. The National Autistic Society have compiled some very useful tips for Halloween to reduce any anxiety created…

Covid-19 Autumn Booster for people working or living with individuals on the Learning Disability Register

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All staff working with individuals who are listed on the Learning Disability (LD) register, as well as frontline health and social care workers, paid and unpaid carers have a right to access the Covid-19 Autumn booster vaccination as a priority…

Our People Award 2022- The Neurodevelopmental partnership are finalists!

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Congratulations goes to our Neurodevelopmental team that have become finalists for this year’s NHS Foundation Trust’s ‘Our People’ award for quality improvement and innovation. The awards celebrate people working in the NHS who go the extra mile to provide outstanding…

Anybody up for a game of cricket?

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The Super 1s’ Autumn 2022 activities are here! The Super 1s gives young people with a disability aged 12-25 the chance to play regular competitive cricket while providing them with a chance to realise their potential, both on and off…

Are you a family of a deaf child in Somerset?

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Newly diagnosed? Unsure what support is available? Want to meet other families with deaf children? Join the new Somerset Parent & Families Network set up by the National Deaf Children’s Society to provide an opportunity for families to join together…

Pop by and say hello to the Somerset Carers Autumn Roadshow!

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Are you a Carer and not sure where to turn for advice? Are you not sure if you qualify as a Carer? This Autumn we are coming to you! Why not pop along to meet the Somerset Carers team, chat…