Children and families in Sutton to benefit thanks to Council plans to take control of Cognus

Children with special needs in Sutton

Published Wednesday, 8th January 2020

Children and families in Sutton will benefit from further improvements to education services as the Council plans to secure full ownership of Cognus (Sutton’s outsourced education company).

Sutton Council’s plan to take full ownership of the company will enable even closer working with Cognus. This follows over a year of continuous improvement in services to children and families, recognised by the Department for Education and NHS England.
Councillor Marian James, Chair of Sutton Council’s People Committee, said: 
“This is an important step for the future. As a result of this decision, we will see even greater improvement to the services local children and families receive. We have done well to build upon our successes over recent months. We know that parents and carers are more satisfied with the services we provide - this is good, but we want to improve further and faster. That is why we are proposing to take full ownership of Cognus, to enable us to more closely align our efforts.
“We are ambitious for every child and family in Sutton. I am committed to ensuring that they receive the education, care and support they need. I hope colleagues from across the political divide will join me on 16 January to endorse our next steps.”
Notes to editors 
The report of the independent expert is available on the Council’s website.
The decision is subject to approval by Councillors at Sutton Council's People Committee on 16 January.