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Jim McCourt met educational psychologists Jean Law, Elaine White and André Imich to discuss their innovative projects with schools.
School standards, pupil behaviour and pupil inclusion remain major issues for schools. To hear about creative research designed to tackle them, I met three educational psychologists in Essex – Jean Law, Elaine White and André Imich. While Jean has particular expertise in dealing with children’s emotional and behavioural difficulties, Elaine combines her educational psychology role with managing a large behavioural support service, and André is the principal educational psychologist in the Special Educational Needs and Psychology Service. In addition to their background in teaching, the team’s work is rooted in a strong research environment built up over a number of years. Their work has been tailored to evidence-based practical applications, and the real-life needs of schools and the education authority. As André says: ‘Good practice and quality material are of no general value in themselves if they aren’t seen as useful by schools.’

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