What we do
Cognus Educational Psychology Service (EPS) works with children, young people, families, schools and other practitioners to encourage the educational, social and emotional growth and development of children and young people. The EPS provides guidance and support to schools on a range of issues, including raising the achievement of pupils, particularly those with additional needs.
The EPS aims to:
- promote inclusive policies and practices
- support families and schools in enabling children and young people to achieve well in their learning and to foster their well being
How we work
Cognus EPS provides a specialist psychological service to schools and other educational settings in Sutton and surrounding areas. The EP will work closely with the Special Education Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) in the school or setting to arrange their work, whether commissioned by Sutton Local Authority or the school or setting itself.
How we support schools, families and young people
We contribute to improving outcomes for children and young people by:
- Providing consultation and advice concerning children and young people to parents/carers, teachers and other professionals, enabling them to better understand and meet the needs of this group.
- Making psychological expertise and understanding available to professionals working with children and young people, especially in schools and early years settings, in line with statutory requirements and local and national policies.
- Providing advice on a wide range of additional needs, including specific learning difficulties, general learning difficulties, ADHD, speech and language difficulties, social communication difficulties and ASD, emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, and issues arising from mental health needs.
- Providing statutory psychological advice concerning the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities of children and young people in the context of multi-agency assessments.
- Support and supervision for key people in schools and other settings
- Training and development work, including bespoke training packages to meet individual needs, development and delivery of project work.
- Undertaking some direct therapeutic work with children and young people.
- Carrying out assessments of the needs of children and young people in order to provide clarity any difficulties they may be experiencing, and to advise on appropriate interventions.
- Supporting schools and the local authority to improve children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and experiences of learning through involvement in strategic work.
- We provide a responsive crisis support service following a school emergency.
Sutton Local Authority also commissions the EPS to provide a service to children with Educational Health and Care (EHC) Plans. This includes
- Children and young people who need an assessment and psychological advice to contribute to a new EHC Plan.
- Children and young people with an EHCP whereby it is felt that the formulation of the child or young person’s needs is no longer accurate.
Sutton Local Authority and Cognus also commissions a measure of early intervention and prevention activities in relation to Sutton children and young people who have needs.
Individual schools and further education settings can buy in to Cognus EPS to enhance their access to our service. Other community settings may also buy into the service.
If you have concerns about your child or young person’s needs, talk to your school or setting SENDCo. You can ask them about involving an EP. If this is difficult for any reason, we can be contacted at:
Cognus Educational Psychology Service, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, SM5 2JG, England, tel 020 8323 0456.
Staff qualifications and quality assurance
All educational psychologists employed by the London Borough of Sutton are fully qualified and registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and are qualified to the standards recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP). There is a statutory duty for educational psychologists to engage in continuing professional development to maintain this registration. Trainee educational psychologists who are enrolled on approved training courses work under the supervision of qualified EPs within the team.
The service provides supervision, training and quality assurance.
Education Services are delivered by Cognus Limited. For further information please visit www.cognus.org.uk