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Somerset SENDIAS Annual Report

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The SENDIAS Team provides free impartial, confidential information, advice and support about education, health and social care for children, young people and their parents on matters relating to Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). This report details the achievements of…

Free gym membership for Care Experienced Young People

SEND

Everyone Active are offering free gym membership for Care Experienced Young People and children in care, as part of their Community Health & Wellbeing Strategy. Applications for membership need to be completed by the Social Worker/Leaving Care Worker Free gym…

Transitions- A family view

SEND

The South West region of Parent Carer Forums have launched a survey for parent carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (0-25). Along with NHS England they are working to better understand the experience of families.…

SEND Strategy

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Thank you to everyone who has given us feedback on the SEND Strategy Consultation. Don’t worry if it has slipped off your radar – there’s still time to feedback to us! You can read and feedback to us at: Somerset…

Children Inclusion and Activity Team Calendar December 2022!

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The Community Inclusion and Activity Team (CIA team) support families who have children with disabilities and/or additional needs by providing information, signposting, and support with accessing clubs and activities in their local community. This includes providing free activity day passes,…

Stay Safe and Warm during cold weather this winter

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With low temperatures and potentially severe overnight frosts forecast across the South West, Somerset County Council’s public health team are encouraging people to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of cold weather. Cllr…

Contact Podcasts

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Contact – a charity who support families with disabled children, have helpful podcasts available. The podcasts provide advice and information on a range of topics including, Disability Living Allowance, SEND education, school transport and much more. Their helpline team cover…

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

SEND

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

SEND Newsletter

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…