Educational Psychology

Cognus’ Educational Psychology service 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 service provides guidance and support to schools on a range of issues, including raising the achievement of pupils, particularly those with additional needs.

The Educational Psychology Service aims to:

  • Work preventatively with partners
  • 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
We provides a specialist psychological service to schools and other educational settings in Sutton and surrounding areas. The Educational Psychologist will work closely with the Inclusion Manager / Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) 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, 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 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’s emotional wellbeing and experiences of learning through involvement in strategic work.
  • We provide a responsive crisis support service following a school emergency.

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 Educational Psychologists within the team

The service provides supervision, training and quality assurance.