The Speech, Language and Communication Team of Northumberland County Council offer bespoke support for children and young people whose spoken language difficulties are affecting their attainment and progress in school.
The team comprises four dually qualified Specialist Teachers/ Speech and Language Therapists, a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and nine Specialist Teaching Assistants. Staff who are Speech and Language Therapists have their practice regulated nationally by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Working to extend the skills and knowledge of school staff and, where appropriate, to provide bespoke programmes to meet identified needs of children and young people referred to this service, the team offers a range of support which may include: a speech and language assessment, individual targeted work relating to spoken language (usually delivered by a Specialist Teaching Assistant), group interventions, recommendations, advice and strategies directly linked to the curriculum, resource sharing, support for parents and carers, as well as a comprehensive range of bespoke and accredited training for school staff.
Support is offered for children with delayed or disordered speech and language, children with a diagnosis of autism as well as children whose phonological awareness difficulties are impacting upon their literacy acquisition. All requests for support are responded to promptly and will typically include a report containing assessment information with contributions from school staff, parent/carer and the young person.
SENCOs can request support from Northumberland County Council’s Speech Language and Communication Team by completing the online or paper SEND Support Services forms (see below).
SEND Manager for Communication Support: Judith Dodds
Deputy Manager & Lead Professional for Speech, Language & Communication: Jennie Beckwith
Office Manager: Helen Robson
Tel: 01670 624807
Pupil request form
Whole school request
Additional days (SLA)
Additional days (Non-SLA)
Link to Online Request Form