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Support for children with special educational needs in early years settings

Any Early Year’s setting that a child attends must have arrangements in place to support children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).  These arrangements should include a clear approach to identifying and responding to SEN. All early years settings in North Somerset will have identified…

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

NEW: A simple guide for parents, and an information sheet co-produced by children and young people is now available here. 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…

Local Offer

Welcome to North Somerset Local Offer. The website aims to provide you with information, advice and guidance across education, health and social care for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Find out more about the Local Offer and how to…

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…

Education Health and Care Plans in North Somerset

NEWS - April 2021: We have updated our guides, and provided new training resources for practitioners. 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…
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