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20 May 2021

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Executive functions: goal directedness, flexibility and meta-cognition

Dr Kate Payne (Educational Psychologist) introduce three components of executive functions: goal directedness, flexibility and meta-cognition. ‘Goal directedness’ is the capacity to achieve a goal without being distracted by competing interests. ‘Flexibility’ is the capacity to see many sides of an idea or situation and being able to change or adapt. ‘Meta-cognition’ is thinking about […]

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18 May 2021

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Collaborative working between the SEND team, families and Early Years, sees many primary school placements confirmed

During May, the SEND Team have been liaising with all our families with children due to start their primary school journey this September.  We have been on hand to answer questions and provide support following our internal Early Years Panel.  The panel welcomes all professionals who know the children well, as well as the Head […]

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17 May 2021

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Working as a team to support an autistic young person with anxiety

For some young people, the lockdown exacerbated situations that were already difficult, meaning they then reached breaking point.  The Autism Service works closely with schools to support the young person, family and the setting, to problem solve and try and make a positive difference.    With one young person, this meant working closely as a team around the child and […]

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13 May 2021

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Executive functions: working memory and attention

Dr Lisa Carmody and Dr Kate Payne (Educational Psychologists) introduce two components of executive functions: working memory and attention. ‘Working memory’ is the capacity to hold in mind information to carry out a task. ‘Sustained attention’  is the capacity to pay attention to a task, despite low interest or distractions. Some children or young people […]

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11 May 2021

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Cognus Outdoor Education Adviser sees educational visits starting to return 

A month after the return to school for the majority of children, the DfE amended their guidance to allow schools to undertake ‘day visits’ again from the 12th April. This news was hugely welcome as other than a few visits during the autumn term, these have been unable to take place for most of the last year.  Educational […]

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10 May 2021

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Raising the aspirations for Sutton’s Children Looked After and Care Leavers

Sutton Virtual School is working with Widening Participation teams at Solent University and St. George’s Hospital to raise aspirations for Sutton’s Children Looked After and Care Leavers. We are supporting a series of workshops designed to help young people into University, including information for Refugees and Asylum Seekers on the 19th May and a Care […]

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7 May 2021

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School Improvement Coaching programme in partnership with TT Education

The School Improvement team appreciate the tremendous job our school leaders do every day, to create a better future for the children and young people within Sutton. This has never been a small task.  However, during the past year, the demands of Covid-19 have put them and their teams under intense pressure, significantly increasing their […]

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