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Education Health and Care Plans in North Somerset

New: You can now request an education, health and care assessment online We have created some easy-to-read guides for parents, and some guides specifically for children and young people on many aspects of the process - you can view them here on the Local Offer. This…

Policies, procedures and templates for childcare providers

Your policies and procedures play an important role in helping you meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. They are there to help and guide staff and should be readily available for families so that everyone connected with the setting has a good…

SEND capital funding from the Department for Education

The final assurance template for the original SEND Capital Funding scheme is available here. We are currently consulting with schools and other partners regarding future schemes. In March 2017, the Department for Education allocated additional capital funding to support initiatives to develop additional and innovative…

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 and the subsequent revisit. You can read more about the process and…

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…

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…

About parenting and family support

The first few years are the most important in your child's life, and as a mum or dad you have the biggest influence of all on their learning and development. As well as in the home, the learning and experiences that your child has when being cared…

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…

Schools and learning

Since 2013 all young people must stay in some form of education or training until they are 18 years old.  We support early years children 2-5 years with SEND into primary school through the 'Inclusion Link Programme You may need further information about your child starting school: School admissions …

Direct payments and personal budgets in North Somerset

What are direct payments? 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 funds to you.  The direct payment…
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