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Educational Psychology presentation given to Careers in psychology event at University of Sussex, February 2010

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Educational Psychology

  2. 2. What is Educational Psychology? <ul><li>Educational Psychology is about promoting the emotional and social development and educational progress of children and young people. It involves the application of psychological theory, research and techniques to support children and young people between the ages of 0-19 (and their families and schools) who are experiencing difficulties. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What do Educational Psychologists do?  <ul><li>Educational Psychologists (EPs) tackle the problems encountered by young people in education, which may involve learning difficulties and/or behavioural, emotional and social problems. </li></ul><ul><li>We carry out a wide range of tasks with the aim of enhancing children's learning and enabling teachers, parents/carers and other professionals to become more aware of the factors affecting teaching and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>We sometimes write reports about children’s needs for allocation of special educational places, or as part of court proceedings/tribunals or children's panels. </li></ul><ul><li>Some EPs have areas of special interest (Children in Care, ASC etc..) </li></ul>
  4. 4. How do we do this? <ul><li>We offer consultation (joint problem solving) to parents/carers, staff in schools and other organisations, to develop and improve the effectiveness of work on behalf of children and young people. We don’t always need to meet individual children and young people in order to support them. </li></ul><ul><li>We work directly with children and young people. This work usually focuses on observation and assessment. The aim is to provide information and advice for those with responsibility for the child’s care and education to enable the child to make better progress. </li></ul><ul><li>We provide advice to those who have day to day responsibility for meeting the child’s educational needs because it is these adults who are in the best position to help. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How do we this? cont…. <ul><li>Each educational setting has its own ‘link’ EP. The total amount of EP time available is shared amongst all schools and allocated on the basis of need. </li></ul><ul><li>Decisions about how the available time is best used are made through discussion between the school and EP. </li></ul><ul><li>Training on a wide range of topics to a wide range of professionals. </li></ul><ul><li>Undertaking research projects to inform evidence based practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Each EP works slightly differently according to style, location and service. </li></ul>
  6. 6. We work at three levels:- <ul><li>Organisational level </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting the strategic development of schools education policy to support </li></ul><ul><li>inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Championing the voice of the child in the wider system </li></ul><ul><li>Group level </li></ul><ul><li>Running groups for children </li></ul><ul><li>Training for parents/carers and teaching staff </li></ul><ul><li>Individual level </li></ul><ul><li>Children, parents/carers, teachers etc </li></ul>
  7. 7. A typical week..... <ul><li>Never the same! </li></ul>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.
  8. 8. Time Management is an important skill! <ul><li>However any given day could look like this…. </li></ul><ul><li>9-10am Attend multi-agency meeting re: a looked after child at risk of exclusion </li></ul><ul><li>10am-12pm Meet Primary Mental Health Workers to plan joint training on mental health </li></ul><ul><li>12:30-3pm School visit </li></ul><ul><li>3:30-4:30pm Supervision </li></ul><ul><li>4:30-5:30pm Check emails/ report writing/planning/etc.. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How to become an Educational Psychologist <ul><li>A fully qualified EP has: </li></ul><ul><li>(a) an Honours Degree in Psychology or recognised equivalent </li></ul><ul><li>Qualification (2:1 or above) </li></ul><ul><li>(b) substantial relevant experience working with children in education or children’s services or both </li></ul><ul><li>(c) successfully followed a course of specific post graduate professional training as an educational psychologist. This is currently the three year Doctorate. </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Requirement (a) above confers eligibility for graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Some key skills/qualities you need to be an EP… <ul><li>Be non-judgmental and open-minded </li></ul><ul><li>Have good written and verbal communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Have good time management skills </li></ul><ul><li>Have good problem solving skills </li></ul><ul><li>Be objective </li></ul><ul><li>Be reflective </li></ul><ul><li>Be flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Be self-motivated and able to work autonomously </li></ul>
  11. 11. What can you expect to earn? <ul><li>EPs are paid according to the Soulbury Scale. </li></ul><ul><li>There are two scales A (main grade) and B (senior/specialist and managerial) </li></ul><ul><li>Scale A runs from £34,354 at point 1 to £50,865 at point 11. </li></ul><ul><li>Scale B runs from £43,071 at point 1 to £64,358 at point 18. </li></ul><ul><li>(Taken from LGE revised pay scales for Sept 2009) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Going solo… <ul><li>Not all EPs work for a local authority, some work independently undertaking assessments and compiling reports for Parents, Courts, Voluntary Bodies, Social Services Departments and others. </li></ul><ul><li>The pay for this varies (i.e. self employed, consultant etc). </li></ul><ul><li>Pros – working for self – more time to focus on individual interests. </li></ul><ul><li>Cons - less access to policy direction and more likely to be working under the direction of a specific agenda. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Why be an Educational Psychologist? <ul><li>Great job! Everyday is different and you meet lots of interesting people. </li></ul><ul><li>You make a difference to people’s lives and work collaboratively with other professionals who are working towards a similar outcome. </li></ul><ul><li>Always learning! </li></ul><ul><li>Using psychology at work every day. </li></ul><ul><li>Manage your own diary. </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing children overcome some of their challenges and supporting people to solve their own problems makes you feel good! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Over to you! <ul><li>Any Questions? </li></ul>
  15. 15. For further information please see:- <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>