Individual e.g. children, parents, teachers Small group e.g. training for parents Classe.g. Whole school – training, Family Community – YOS, Local Authority Across agencies
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 focused – 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 holistic and responsive approach.
Other professionals could include CAMHS, social worker, foster carer, SEN team
Patch of schools / get to know families well
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) There is funding avaiable for some trainees. You will also need at least two years 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
Condiotions – 28 days holiday Based in office as a base Each authority is a bit different re how thry work
The Work of the Educational Psychologist
The Work of the Educational Psychologist
Brighton & Hove City Council
• What is an Educational Psychologist?
• What do we do?
• Areas we cover
• How do we do it?
• A Typical Week
• Training Route
• Pay and Conditions
• Benefits and Challenges
What is an Educational
Educational psychology is concerned with
children and young people in educational and
early years settings.
Educational psychologists tackle challenges
such as learning difficulties, social and
emotional problems, issues around disability
as well as more complex developmental
Common areas of focus
Academic / Cognitive needs – specific
learning difficulties (literacy; numeracy;
language; memory), learning
difficulties/disabilities, access to
appropriate educational provision.
Emotional needs – attachment, anxiety,
motivation, school refusal.
Social needs – social communication
disorders, social interaction, bullying
Physical/Medical needs – physical
disability, epilepsy, autism, deaf, blind
These are not mutually exclusive.
What EPs do
Assessment children & young
people (3-25 years)
Staff support and wellbeing
Educational policy and
Critical incident support
(Social interaction; Attention; engagement in
learning; level of and response to support)
Surveys / Questionnaires
Staff and parental perspective
*Teacher or other member of staff
*Child or Young Person
Interventions With Children & Young
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Solution focused therapy
Family work (e.g. school refusal)
Video interaction guidance
Conditions: Autism, ADHD,
Loss and bereavement
Anxiety and Stress
Where do EPs work?
Local education authorities employ the
majority of educational psychologists. They
work in schools, colleges, nurseries and
special units, primarily with teachers and
parents. They regularly liaise with other
professionals in education, health and social
services. A growing number work as
independent or private consultants.
• Undergraduate Degree in
• 3 year Doctorate
A Typical Week.....
It’s never the same!
Monday Observing a child at Infant School
with autism and meeting the
teacher and parent.
Writing report and liaising with other
Tuesday Planning training session. Running training for school support
staff on emotional literacy.
Wednesday Running a focus group with pupils
at risk of exclusion for a piece
1:1 session with Yr 5 teacher on
supporting children with attachment
Thursday Meeting with a social worker and
foster carer of a Child in Care
Friday Attending a Team around the
Child meeting for a child with
Home visit for a family with a child
with ASC, whom I have been working
with for the past two years.
The Important bit!
The pay for an EP is in accordance with the Soulbury pay
• 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
Too many schools
Perspective/ paradigm conflicts
To label or not?
Varied and flexible
High levels of autonomy
Use a range of perspectives
Power to influence
Potentially very creativeWhat’s Good
About The Job