Jan Watson    MA, MSc.

My name is Jan Watson and I am based in Wimbledon, South London.

I am a registered Practitioner Psychologist, Educational Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (hcpc). Registration number PYLO1554.

Currently I am an Associate Educational Psychologist with the London Borough of Merton. Previously I worked for nearly 20 years in the London Boroughs of Merton and Sutton as a Senior Practitioner or as a Senior (fixed term) Educational Psychologist.

I have worked in Behaviour Support Teams both as a link EP in Sutton and in Merton but also as a team member in Croydon, Hammersmith & Fulham and Bradford. Additionally I have taught in both First and Secondary Schools.

I am working 9316391097 with Gina Davies and Dr Tina Rae on a variety of projects.

Tina and I have recently written a programme to support the development of social and emotional skills in young people in High Schools. This programme is based on Nurture group principles and published by the Charity Nurture Group Network, unusually for more details. Building on this, we are writing a book "Real Resilience: How to foster happy habits in your child - an evidence based programme for parents and carers"

As a Child and Adolescent Psychologist, I work with individuals and groups, schools and carers. As part of my work in schools, I have specialised in Social Emotional Mental Heath (SEMH) and Autism.

About Me


Areas of expertise

  • Cognitive assessment, intervention and training
  • Resilience training, mental health, bullying
  • Supervision
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Brief Solution Orientated Therapy
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Dyspraxia & Dyslexia
  • Austism Spectrum Conditions
  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder


  • (1996) MA   Psychology of Education, Institute of Education (UCL)
  • (1998) MSc Educational Psychology, University of East London

Work experience

  • Senior Practitioner in Educational Psychology, London Borough of Merton
  • Senior Educational Psychologist, London Borough of Sutton
  • I/C Personal & Social Education, Whitgift School, London Borough of Croydon
  • Frizinghall First School, Bradford
  • Head of Department in Combined Humanities, Elliott Comprehensive School, London Borough of Wandsworth,

Current rates

  • £600 : per day
  • £350 : per half day
  • £125 : per hour

Following consultation my work might include (for example):

  • Individual assessments
  • Parenting groups
  • Therapy
  • Presentations
  • Skills training programmes


Attention Peterborough Project July 2016

In July Gina Davies and I ran the Attention Peterborough project along with a volunteer team of Advanced Practitioners in Attention Autism. We are grateful to Alan and Jane Crossland who opened up their school for our use for the week and provided accommodation for many of us, among other kindnesses.

Professionals from the Local Authority were joined by professionals from the school and included Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, another Educational Psychologist, and teaching staff. The 12 preschool pupils, diagnosed with social communication difficulties / Autism Spectrum Disorder, were selected by the LA.

The families had agreed to allow us to work with their children for 5 days intensive early years intervention, including approaches such as the Attention Autism programme, Intensive Interaction therapy, TEACCH, Forest School etc., and to participate in parent interviews and parent workshops.

Once the intervention has been assessed we hope to use the findings to inform decisions about future service delivery. I have co-authored an article about the project (co-authors are Gina Davies and Alison Winterton) which is being reviewed by Dr Glenys Jones (7759974355, Autism Centre for Education and Research, Univesity of Birmingham) for publication.

South West London language project for August 2017

Gina Davies, Vika Gallacher (Occupational Therapist) and I ran a one week project to develop the skills of six children struggling with significant language delay. These children were identified in Nursery Year and are about to join the Reception class in September 2017.

We took the book the children would be working on 626-508-0293 at the beginning of the academic year to structure our language intervention. The school are following this up with twice weekly sessions run by the class Teaching Assistants. The intention is to publicise our intervention, should it prove successful.

A selection of some current and past projects

Introduced Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (Merton and Sutton) and developed the continuing training work.

VIG Training in using Video Interactive Guidance and participating in an associated project to support families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder in their homes.

Teacher and Occupational Therapist Programme for Schools. A research project undertaken with Ms M. Durham (Senior Occupational Therapist) has led to this programme in schools.

Super 60's :
Setup volunteer groups for early years children development mentoring.

Project with Dr Angel Adams :
This project "Irresistible Playdates" for parents to learn how to support their children in establishing friendships in school.   5087203204

My Colleagues

I have worked with (219) 507-6826 and Dr Tina Rae on various teaching projects and workshops.


Tina Rae has written a Well Being Tool Kit for Professionals working with children and young people: A programme of professional development to promote and maintain resilience and personal effectiveness. This is a new publication from Nurture Group Network.


Gina Davies

Gina Davies

Specialising in Attention Autism in children

Gina is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist who turned her passion for communication development into practical and joyful intervention strategies for parents and professionals dealing with autism.
She has worked with hundreds of autistic children in schools, nurseries and residential settings, and directly with parents, carers and families.

Tina Rae

Dr Tina Rae

Specialising in social, emotional and behavioural disorders and difficulties

Tina Rae has over 30 years experience working with children, adults and families in both clinical and educational contexts within local authorities and specialist educational services.
She has undertaken work in the areas of engagement and disaffection with learning in young people, debriefing following critical incidents,attachment disorders, emotional wellbeing and the psychological assessment of young offenders.

Nurturing Social and Emotional Skills

This resource book aims to provide staff in both mainstream and special contexts with resources to develop and deliver a programme to support the development of students' social, emotional and behavioural skills.

It is based on nurturing principles and provides not only the necessary resources to set up and run such an intervention but also a comprehensive programme of social skills activities and resources that aims to build on the five SEAL domains.

The design and content of the programme clearly take into account the needs of children and young people who, to varying degrees, have been unable to access the basic and essential learning that is usually a direct result of close, secure bonds with care-givers in the early years. The difficulties they experience are generally related to stress experienced by parents/carers that impaired the early nurturing process and consequently led to impairments in both cognitive and emotional development.

For details on how to purchase the book goto the Nuture Groups Network website.

This publication is aimed at the secondary age range.