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What is the role of an Educational Psychologist?

The role of Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology is concerned with the psychological and educational development of children and young people within the context of homes, school and community.

The role of Educational Psychologists

Educational Psychologists (EPs) bring a specialised perspective to working with children. They are concerned with children's learning and development and they aim to bring about positive change for children. They have skills in a range of psychological and educational assessment techniques and in different methods of helping children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in learning, behaviour or social adjustment.

During their training, EPs study normal child development, the psychology of learning and teaching and psychological aspects of educating children with special needs. They study how groups function and how people communicate and maintain relationships. They also learn about assessment, solving problems, counselling, treatment, research and training others.

EPs have a role in the assessment of children's difficulties from an early stage and a statutory role in the multi-professional assessment, as required by the Education Act 1996. Much of the work of EPs is with children and young people from 0 to 19 years, both at pre-school level and in mainstream and special schools.

In their work, EPs attempt to make the bridge between theory and practice by translating research into innovative and relevant practice in the classroom.

All EPs must be registered with the Health Professions Council and must engage in a extensive programme of Continuing Professional Development.

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  • Updated: 13 May 2013
  • Katharine Sharpe
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