information for parents, carers and families committed to making a difference and enriching the lives of our students and their families

Parent/Carers & Families

sen.se is a collaborative partnership between all of the special schools and specialist provision within Somerset.

sen.se stands for Special Educational Needs Somerset Expertise. We have a wealth of experience within our schools and many outstanding practitioners support us in our work to make a difference to the lives of children and young people who need more than what is offered in mainstream education.

There are ten schools, a specialist provision within a primary school and a number of supportive providers making up the membership of sen.se. We recognise that working together, we are stronger. Our collective expertise is vital to meet the unique needs of each child and young person we work with.

We are committed to making a difference and enriching the lives of our students and their families. All children are our children and because of this we will help you with advice and support until you have the right provision for your child/young person.

Celebrations is where we share with you some projects and successes that we are especially proud of, it also details when we have featured in local and national news.

News enables you to keep abreast of the most recent changes and amendments to national and local SEN policy and new government initiatives as well as detailing new thinking from the key players within our area of expertise.

Outreach will give you more detail of the services, advice, guidance and support available from each school to support

Resources available for parents/carers and families

Within our 5 Learning Support Centres there are a range of resources available to borrow - these include:

  • Puppets
  • Puzzles
  • RE Boxes
  • Artefacts
  • Games
  • Story Boxes
  • Topic Boxes
  • Big books
  • Sensory Activities
  • Support and Advice

For more information, please see the Learning Support Centre Page.

Resources available to the community

Fiveways School, Yeovil

Contact: office@fivewaysschool.co.uk T: 01935 476227

  • Multisensory Hydrotherapy Pool
  • Training Centre

Selworthy School, Taunton:

Contact: SelworthyLSC@educ.somerset.gov.uk T: 01823 335935

  • Selworthy Learning Support Centre is open to all parents (both Selworthy and non-Selworthy) and professionals and offers specialist support and advice, create bespoke resources as well as the opportunity to loan various pieces of equipment.
  • Sensory Hydrotherapy Pool is available to hire
  • The school hall is available to hire
  • Skills list to support P Level assessment

SEN professionals working with the community

Fairmead School, Yeovil

Contact: sch.617@educ.somerset.gov.uk T: 01935 421295

  • Play/Social Interaction Therapy
  • SALT
  • Drama Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Educational Psychologists

Fiveways School, Yeovil

Contact: office@fivewaysschool.co.uk T: 01935 476227

  • Somerset Partnership Teaching School
  • ITT - Inclusion Support
  • Community Inclusion Support

Selworthy School, Taunton:

Contact: SelworthyLSC@educ.somerset.gov.uk T: 01823 335935

  • FAST team (Families and School Together) are Selworthy parents employed by the school to support parents
  • Selworthy Learning Support Centre staff are available to support and advise parents (both Selworthy and non-Selworthy) and professionals
  • Our Educational Psychologist works with Selworthy parents, Selworthy staff, partner schools (both specialist and mainstream), social care settings and local businesses
  • Our Communication Specialist work with Selworthy parents, Selworthy staff, partner schools (both specialist and mainstream), social care settings and local businesses
  • Our Outreach leader can signpost parents and partner schools (both specialist and mainstream) to various teachers who can offer bespoke support and advice
  • Our Music Therapist (National SEN Teacher of the year 2011) offers music therapy to sessions commissioned by schools or directly by parents
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