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Help with childcare costs

Help paying for childcare The Government have produced guidance for parents called 'help paying for childcare', this information talks about tax credits, universal credit, childcare vouchers and help for students that need help while they study.  They also have a useful website called childcare choices which enables parents…

Travel and transport

There are a range of specialist transport services designed to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND in North Somerset, and a number of services which support independent travel using the wider public transport network. We have provided information below which should…

Future of Education Support Services for Children with dual sensory impairment, hearing impairment and visual impairment

                Background Since 1996 the former Avon local authorities - Bath & North-East Somerset (BANES), Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire - have jointly commissioned a Sensory Support Service (SSS). This service has traditionally provided support to children with dual sensory impairment,…

Direct payments and personal budgets in North Somerset

What are direct payments? Guidance about Direct payments and coronavirus/COVID-19 Direct Payments (DPs) are a cash payment made from the council to you so you can buy your own care and support services. A ‘direct payment’ means that the money goes directly from the council’s…

Our Local Area SEND Strategy & Co-Production Charter

Over the past year we have worked with parents, carers and young people to develop our Local Area Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy. This document explains how we will all work together to make sure that services we provide to children and their…

About our Local Offer and how to search it

The Local Offer provides information for children and young people in North Somerset with special educational needs or a disability - you may see this abbreviated as SEND both here and in various official documents. We know that navigating through the range of services and support can…

The Joint Local Area Review of SEND Services

We would like to thank all children and young people, parents, carers and professionals for sharing their views with Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) during their inspection of our local area between 14 and 18 May 2018. The final report is available via the…

UPDATED: SEND capital funding from the Department for Education

UPDATE June 2019 - A new version of the template plan is now available for download. In March 2017, the Department for Education allocated additional capital funding to support initiatives to develop additional and innovative provision for children with Education, Health and Care Plans. Following…

A new Special Free School for North Somerset

on 11 March 2019, the Education Secretary announced approval of bids for 37 new Special Free Schools across the country, creating around 3,500 additional school places, boosting choice for parents and providing specialist support and education for pupils with complex needs such as autism, severe…
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