Adult Learners’ Week 2014

Adult Learners’ Week is a national celebration of lifelong learning, encompassing the Adult Learners’ Week awards, “have a go” taster events, parliamentary reception, and other activities such as a national policy conference. Read more »

Children and Families Bill made into law

The Children and Families Bill, which introduces major changes to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) system in England, received Royal Assent on 13 March. The Act is expected to come into force from September 2014. Read more »

Ruled Out

This report published by Ambitious About Autism provides findings of a survey into autistic children’s access to education. Read more »

Somerset Council support for Mendip School

In a recent statement Somerset County Council have welcomed the proposal to create a new special school for children with autism and language and communication difficulties as a much needed addition to the existing provision. Read more »

Schools Report 2013

This report published by Ambitious about Autism brings together a range of key statistics that illustrate how schools are performing for children and young people with autism in 2013. Read more »

Feeling Safe, Keeping Safe

These practical guidelines, published by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, explore what secondary schools can do to keep their students safe from harm. They are drawn from the experience of six schools judged to have done exceptional work in this field. Read more »

Weston Bay

A new and bespoke residential training facility for people on the autism spectrum has now been opened by Weston College, the first of its kind in the UK. Read more »

The Bridge

The Bridge is a major provider of professional development in the UK in the field of education, both special and mainstream, holding a reputation particularly in the fields of Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD). Read more »

North Hill House

North Hill House is a residential school providing termly or weekly boarding for pupils with Asperger syndrome aged 7 to 19 years. Read more »

Minehead First School

Minehead First School is the largest First School in West Somerset. It serves a diverse neighbourhood and can cater for children with a wide range of needs. Read more »

Mark College

Mark College is a specialist residential school for boys and girls aged 10 to 19 with specific learning difficulties including: language disorders, dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia. Read more »

Cambian Lufton College

Cambian Lufton College is a vibrant college providing person-centred personal, social and vocational education, care and therapy for learners aged 16-25 with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and complex needs. Read more »

Farringdon Centre

Farringdon Centre is a small independent emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD) school which caters for 10 children with educational statements of special needs. Read more »

Elmwood School

Elmwood School educates pupils with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in groups with youngsters with complex learning difficulties. Read more »

Critchill School

Critchill School offers an holistic approach to education which enables pupils to make a positive contribution to school and community and fully prepares them for future success. Read more »

Our Lives in Your Hands

Our Lives in Your Hands tells the stories of nine families affected by autism. The report sets out the families stories and highlights how the reforms proposed in the Children and Families Bill will impact them. Read more »

NAS accredit local school

3 Dimensions is a small Independent special educational needs school based in Somerset that has been recently accredited by the National Autistic Society. Read more »

Difference and acceptance

‘The Boy on the Edge’ play has been used in some counties as part of a specific training programme and awareness raising regarding attitudes towards and issues around autism. Read more »

Autism Spectrum Disorders

This article explores current diagnostic criteria and prevalence rates for autism spectrum disorders and stresses how important it is for primary care professionals to be familiar with this information. Read more »

Autism teacher vacancy in Yeovil

Somerset County Council in parternship with Preston Academy is to open a brand new autism base in the grounds of Preston Academy, where a full-time teacher in charge of the Autism base is being sought for September 2013. Read more »

Statementing and SEN reform

Tania has joined the Netbuddy team, and will give advice on statementing and SEN reform. She’s also pretty good at signposting, so if you need any tips on where to go for help, she’ll try and help you find your way. Read more »


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The Mendip School

The Mendip School is a special needs school for children in the Mendip Area of Somerset for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Language and Social Communication Needs. Read more »

Schools Report 2012

Ambitious about Autism has brought together a range of key statistics that illustrate how schools are performing for children and young people with autism in 2012. Read more »

Autism skills and knowledge list

The list, developed jointly by Skills for Care, Skills for Health and the National Autistic Society, enables individual workers, or services and teams, to work out whether they have the knowledge and skills needed to provide a good service to people who have autism. Read more »