Supporting our SEND Students

Whom should I contact if my child has Special Educational Needs (SEND)?

Our SENDCO at Consett Academy is Sharon Forbes, you can contact Sharon by emailing For general SEN enquiries please contact

The Governor who oversees SEND provision within the Academy is Mr Craig Johnson.

The SEND Team includes eight Curriculum Support Workers and a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.

SEND Curriculum Support Staff (CSW) may support individual students for the majority of their timetable or within certain subject areas. Staff develop strong relationships with the SEND students they work with. They may help students with accessing work in lessons, withdraw them for small group work or provide 1:1 support. The SEN Support staff also support students who are having emotional difficulties to deal with any issues that arise, where adjustments are needed to help the student manage.

Members of the SEND team both teaching and support staff have received training in the following areas;

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Literacy-use of Lexia
  • Attachment Disorders
  • ELKLAN Speech and Language for pupils with ASD
  • Build to Express
  • Lego Therapy
  • First Aid
  • Dyslexia

Staff can be contacted on the Academy number: 01207 507001

The County Durham SEND Information and Advice Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership) provides support to the parents of students with Special Educational Needs. The number is 03000 267007 and further information can be found on their website

Please see further details on how we will support your child.

Please use this link to access Durham County Council’s Local Offer.

Please follow this link to Consett Academy information within the DCC Local Offer website.