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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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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 …

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…

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Partnership Board

The SEND Partnership Board (formerly the SEND Programme Board) is the group which ensures that the systems and process we operate and the services we commission fit together to provide the best support for children with SEND in North Somerset. It meets once every school term.…

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…
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