educational

I look back on the period following the 1981 Education Act as one of the most positive and fulfilling of my career as an educational psychologist. However, by the end of the decade, there was a radical change in ideology and direction.

Whereas the 1981 Act was...

Educational psychologists are no longer gatekeepers to the statutory assessment process. Yes, we work with children with special educational needs and disabilities, but very much within a multidisciplinary approach, with the child and family at the heart of the assessment...

For an educational psychologist I think it’s interesting to start off with your own experience of school.
I’ve got happy memories really. Catholic parents sent me to Catholic school. I’m still in touch with half a dozen people from those days. I got into...

It was good to see an interview with an educational psychologist get in The Psychologist (Careers, October 2017). In Scotland...

The context for educational psychologists has changed very significantly. In a DfES 2006 review, the outlook for local authority...

You can argue that educational psychology fills more column inches and provides more soundbites in media debates about psychology’s role in society than any other application of the discipline. How psychological input affects or is denied to children perhaps causes more...

On the day Scottish Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt unveiled a new 10-year mental health strategy, I’m writing this article in my ‘consulting room’ which, perhaps unsurprisingly, has a number of meaningful artworks upon the walls. Right now I am looking at an Icelandic...

A recent report in Schools Week outlined a slump in the number of educational psychologists employed in local authorities, decreasing from 1900 in 2010 to 1650 in 2015. Journalist Freddie Whittaker also pointed to a survey from the...

It was reassuring to read Helen Owen’s account of her burgeoning career as an applied educational psychologist (‘An educational experience’, October, 2016). Often our professional...