SEND Support

Cognus is committed to supporting children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their families/carers, providing advice, support and training as well as the provision of home to school travel assistance, and other practical help.

Additional needs can be identified in many ways, by a health visitor when the child is young, or a class teacher once the child is in school, for example. Professionals in the local area are trained and skilled in preparing children for adulthood in partnership with their parents/carers. It is through strong partnership work that barriers to learning can be identified, addressed and support provided.

Most children will be supported at their local mainstream school through quality first teaching and effective strategies and interventions developed through an ‘assess, plan, do review’ possess (also known as the Graduated Approach).  Schools also make reasonable adjustments and use their best endeavours to meet needs. This work should be coordinated through an SEND Support plan which will be co-produced and then reviewed with the parent/carer and child once a term. This will involve other professionals from Cognus when required, such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language therapists, Occupational therapists, Early Intervention team, and Autism team, as well as external professionals such as CAMHS, social care and paediatricians.

The SEND Service co-ordinates the statutory SEND processes: these processes help children and young people (aged 0 to 25) with special educational needs and disabilities to achieve their outcomes.  The team encourages all professionals involved in the statutory process to place the individual at the centre of everything they do. This approach is developed through knowing the individual and their family’s views, wishes and aspirations.

The team also offers workshops to Sutton parents and carers on matters of interest related to the statutory processes and partnership work.

To find out more, please email sen.team@cognus.org.uk or call 020 8323 0454.

For more information on SEND support and the education, health and social care support services available in the borough, please visit Sutton’s Local Offer website.