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16 Jul 2021

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Education Untapped Podcast – Encouraging diversity in the world of disability

Ashlea Stephens (Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Post 16 Lead for Cognus Therapies) interviews Luke Fox, an autistic adult with a language disorder from Sutton. Luke was shortlisted for a Sutton Community Award in the category of Outstanding Young Person in February 2021. We will be hearing from Luke about his experiences in […]

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6 Jul 2021

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Joanna Cassey has been appointed permanent Managing Director of Cognus

After a successful 9 months as interim Managing Director of Cognus, Joanna Cassey has now been appointed as permanent Managing Director. Cognus is owned by Sutton Council and provides 26 educational services to children, young people, families and professionals across Sutton.  Jo’s breadth of knowledge, experience and passion for education at a local and national […]

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2 Jul 2021

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Two snapshots of the work that our SEND Service provides for our children and young people

XXX is a 16 year old young lady with significant health issues currently attending an out of borough special School. Although very happy at the school, she was not able to remain there for Post 16 education because the provision can’t cater for this age group. The young person and parental preference was for a […]

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2 Jul 2021

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Read about the difference a Senior Therapy Assistant has made to engagement with a young person in their SaLT sessions 

Gitty joined the Cognus Therapies Post 16 Speech and Language team in December 2020 and is already an integral part of the team. As we were, and still are in the middle of a pandemic, she has yet to meet any of the team or the students on her caseload face to face. She delivers both 1:1 and group sessions under the supervision of a […]

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1 Jul 2021

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Revised EYFS Framework – Team share good practice across the borough 

It has been fantastic to share good practice across the borough recently, during one of our training opportunities for the new Revised EYFS Framework.    Ideas such as utilising cooking for maths opportunities and how to make your role-plays more true to life, including how to support children’s transition using real things, for example school uniform, PE kits […]

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30 Jun 2021

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Good news on Sutton Schools attendance and absence figures 

Schools have faced very uncertain times since the pandemic hit us last year. Nobody knew how lockdowns and long school closures would affect school attendance and persistent absences in schools – we were truly in unprecedented times.     In May 2021 the DfE released data for the Autumn term 2020. This term coincided with the reopening of schools on 1 […]

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30 Jun 2021

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Supporting Professionals working in the Safeguarding and Child Protection Arena

New and innovative approaches to safeguarding ensure children and young people in Sutton continue to receive the highest levels of protection from harm.  In May 2021, the Wood Report was published.  This is a sector expert review of new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements (Wood, May 2021).  In his review, Wood acknowledges the challenges of the last […]

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29 Jun 2021

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Sutton Schools rise to the Challenge  

The last fifteen months have provided challenges for our schools. Daily, school leaders and their staff have had to adapt their working environments and practices to keep their staff, pupils and parents safe; whilst providing quality learning experiences for those pupils in school and those at home.   The nature of Covid-19 and the Government’s understanding of coping with […]

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