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What does an educational psychologist do?

Educational psychology is an applied psychology profession.

Educational psychologists work in a variety of different ways to address the problems experienced by children and young people in education. They work directly with children and young people individually or in groups and with a wide range of other professionals to deliver their work.

Part of the educational psychology role is to work at a strategic level, carrying out research and advising on educational policy development. Other areas of work include delivering training on issues such as behaviour and stress management. 

Direct work with children and young people includes assessing their learning and emotional needs using methods such as interviews, observation and test materials. Interventions are then developed to support the child or young person with the problems they are experiencing. 

Take a look at our case studies, which show the diversity of an educational psychologist's role and how they are valued members of the wider children's workforce. 

Page updated: 22 December 2011

Educational psychology and the Teaching Agency

In April 2012 CWDC's educational psychology projects will move to The Teaching Agency, a new executive agency of the Department for Education (DfE).

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Educational psychology case studies

Educational psychologists have been doing some great work in England.

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