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A presentation by Dr Emma Woodward, Educational psychologist (Brighton and Hove City Council), at University of Sussex, February 2011

A presentation by Dr Emma Woodward, Educational psychologist (Brighton and Hove City Council), at University of Sussex, February 2011

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  • DR EMMA WOODWARD EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST BRIGHTON AND HOVE CITY COUNCIL Educational Psychology
  • What is an Educational Psychologist?
    • Our main role is to remove the barriers to learning.
    • To do this we apply psychology to help the emotional development and educational progress of children and young people between the ages of 0-19.
  • Barriers to learning
    • Academic barriers – specific learning difficulties, learning difficulties/disabilities, access to appropriate educational provision.
    • Emotional barriers – attachment, anxiety, motivation.
    • Social barriers – aspirations, culture.
    • These are not mutually exclusive.
  • Applying psychology
    • There are varying psychological frameworks that we work to:-
    • Psychodynamic – Bion, Freud – looking at relationships and a persons’ sense of self – projection and transference.
    • Systemic – exploring a person’s concern in the context of their ‘system’- family, school etc..
    • Solution focussed – supporting a person view their concern in terms of ways forward.
    • CBT – looking at the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
    • Most EPs work using most of these frameworks interchangeably to form an eclectic and responsive approach.
  • What do Educational Psychologists do? 
    • Educational psychologists tackle the problems encountered by young people in education, which may involve learning difficulties and social or emotional problems.
    • We carry out a wide range of tasks with the aim of enhancing children's learning and enabling teachers to become more aware of the factors affecting teaching and learning.
    • We support parents/carers understand child development to enable them to support their child.
    • We sometimes write reports about children for allocation of special educational places, or as part of court proceedings or children's panels.
    • Some Educational Psychologists have areas of special interest (Children in Care, ASC etc..)
  • We do this using:-
    • Consultation – around a problem to enable the problem holder to come up with their own solution.
    • Training – to raise awareness of effective ways in working with children and families.
    • Observations – of a child, teacher or family ‘in action’.
    • Individual assessment – assessment of a child’s abilities.
    • Statutory work and tribunals – to assess a child’s learning and emotional needs so that an appropriate educational provision can be put into place.
    • Chair and attend meetings - with parents/carers, schools, other professionals to discuss, review and monitor progress around a concern.
    • Supervision - with our managers and peers to ensure we remain neutral and reflective about a concern. It is easy to get caught up in an issue!
    • No matter how we go about it our main role is to develop and test hypothesis about the concern using our psychological knowledge.
    • We don’t always need to see the child, it is most helpful to help those working with the child to solve their own problems as they have the lasting relationship with the child.
  • We work at three levels:-
    • Organisational level
    • Supporting the strategic development of school education policies to support inclusion
    • Championing the voice of the child in the wider organisation
    • Group level
    • Running groups for children
    • Training for parents/teaching staff
    • Individual level
    • Children, parents, teachers
  • How we work:-
    • We each are allocated a ‘patch’ of schools (based on area and including early years, primary, secondary and special).
    • We also make links with local community groups and children’s centres.
    • We work closely with other professionals, including – education, health, and social care.
    • We work in an integrated manner meaning that we apply psychology in every encounter to ensure the adults around the child work as effectively as possible.
  • A typical week.....
    • Never the same!
    AM PM Monday Observing Yr 6 class to support whole class teaching strategies Running a drop in for parents Tuesday Supporting pastoral staff at a secondary school develop student engagement 1:1 session with Yr 5 teacher on supporting children with attachment difficulties Wednesday Meeting with Head Teacher to look over school’s strengths and weaknesses using ‘rich pictures’ Meeting with child, their parents and teachers to support transition to secondary school Thursday Meeting with a social worker Running a stall at a ‘wellbeing day’ at a school Friday Running a workshop on dyslexia for parents Home visit of a child in a children’s home in Kent.
  • How to become an Educational Psychologist
    • To become an Educational Psychologist you need to have an undergraduate degree in psychology and then complete a three year Doctorate in Educational Psychology.
    • It is preferred that applicants have a 2.1 or above in a first psychology-based degree that grants them eligibility for Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
    • You will also need at least one year's relevant experience of working with children and young people. This can include roles such as assistant educational psychologist, teacher, classroom or learning assistant, SEN co-ordinator or research activity with children and young people. Other relevant experience is also considered
  • The important bit!
    • The pay for an EP is in accordance with the Soulbury pay scale (currently):-
    • 1 £33,934
    • 2 £35,656
    • 3 £37,378
    • 4 £39,100
    • 5 £40,822
    • 6 £42,544
    • 7 £44,165
    • 8 £45,786
    • 9 ** £47,305
    • 10 ** £48,825
    • 11 ** £50,243
  • Over to you!
    • Any questions or thoughts?
    • For further information please see:-
    • www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/educational-psychology
    • www.bps.org.uk/