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Transition between services

The term 'transition' is used to refer to life changes that children and young people may go through, for example moving from one educational setting to another, pre-school to primary school, primary school to secondary school, etc. Pre-school to school – age 4 or 5…

Schools Accessibility Strategy

Each Local Authority in the UK has a legal requirement to ensure that all children and young people with SEND have access to the National Curriculum. All Local Authorities are required to publish an Accessibility Strategy.   The overall aim is to ensure that North Somerset supports…

My child's special educational needs and/or disability

Areas of special educational needs: Communicating and interacting – where children and young people have speech, language and communication difficulties which make it difficult for them to make sense of language or to understand how to communicate effectively and appropriately with others Cognition and learning…

Education Health and Care Plans in North Somerset

NEWS: November 2019 - New Annual Review Guidance Published We have recently reviewed our guidance on how we assess and provide Education Health and Care Plans in North Somerset. On this page, you can find our most up to date documentation. We will also soon…

Disagreement Resolution and Mediation

There are a number of steps that the parent or young person can take if they disagree with any of the decisions that are made during the Education Health and Care Needs Assessment process. Disagreement resolution A range of informal arrangements are available to help…

Special Educational Needs Tribunals

The SEND Tribunal is a formal means of resolving disputes between the Local Authority and parents, carers and young people about the support provided to them via an Education Health and Care Plan. It forms part of the First-tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care…

Guidance for Parents, Children & Young People

We recognise that sometimes, the rules and regulatations around SEND can be complex and daunting. As part of our commitment to co-production, we are developing accessible versions of our guidance and policies.  Two Side Guides - these documents sum up the key steps, issues or…

Covid-19 - Temporary changes to SEND regulations

On 30th April, the Department for Education and Department for Health & Social Care issued a joint letter making some tempoary changes to the regulations around SEND and Education Health and Care Plans. These changes aim to ensure that schools, local authorities and health services…

Early Years Funding - Information for childcare providers

Early Years Funding has to be claimed by childcare providers on-line  If you want to claim funding you can request to be set up via emailing: education.funding@n-somerset.gov.uk Within the system you will be able to: Check the eligibility of parents or guardians to have funded…
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