What Do Educational Psychologists Do?

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In this blog, you will learn

  • What Educational Psychologists do
  • The responsibilities of an Educational Psychologist 
  • Where to find Educational Psychologist jobs
  • How much does an Educational Psychologist earn 

What Do Educational Psychologists Do?

Educational Psychologists specialise in applying psychological principles and research to educational settings. Their primary focus is to understand and enhance the learning and development of individuals within the context of education

A good educational psychologist possesses a combination of knowledge, skills, and personal qualities that enable them to effectively support the educational and psychological needs of students.

An Educational Psychologist salary is influenced by several factors, including their level of experience, qualifications, and the specific location of their employment. However the average salary ranges from £37,000 to £58,000. 

To qualify as an Educational Psychologist, individuals typically start by completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related field, followed by gaining relevant work experience in educational or psychology settings. 

The next step involves pursuing a postgraduate degree, upon successful completion of the postgraduate degree and practice placements, individuals must register with the HCPC to legally practise as an Educational Psychologist. 

Responsibilities of an Educational Psychologist

The responsibilities of an Educational Psychologist can vary depending on their specific role and context. Here are some common responsibilities:

  • To administer and interpret a variety of assessments to evaluate students' cognitive abilities, academic skills, social-emotional functioning, and behavioural issues. 
  • To identifying learning difficulties, disabilities, and developmental delays
  • To develop individualised education plans and intervention strategies by collaborating with teachers, parents, and other professionals.

What does an Educational Psychologist do in a day?

A day in the life of an Educational Psychologist can be diverse and dynamic, involving a range of activities. 

While the specific tasks can vary based on the setting and individual caseload, here is a general overview of what an Educational Psychologist might do in a day:

  • Administer assessments to students, which could involve conducting standardised tests, observing behaviour, interviewing students and parents, and reviewing educational records.
  • Spend time analysing and interpreting the data collected. They look for patterns, identify strengths and weaknesses, and assess the impact of various factors on students' learning and development.
  • Engage in collaborative work with teachers, administrators, and other professionals. They may participate in team meetings to discuss students' needs, provide consultation on behaviour management strategies, and offer guidance on creating inclusive learning environments.
  • Develop individualised intervention plans for students who require additional support. This involves designing appropriate strategies, accommodations, and modifications to address students' specific learning difficulties or disabilities
  • Provide counselling and support to students dealing with emotional, social, or behavioural challenges.

What does educational psychology deal with?

Educational Psychologists deal with understanding and applying psychological principles and theories to educational settings.They focus on studying the processes of learning, teaching, and development to enhance educational practices and optimise the learning outcomes of individuals.

What does an Educational Psychologist do for an EHCP?

An Educational Psychologist plays a crucial role in the development and implementation of an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) for students with special educational needs. 

An Educational Psychologist may conduct assessments to gather information about the child's abilities, learning difficulties, strengths, and needs. They use a variety of tools and techniques to assess the child's cognitive, academic, social-emotional, and behavioural functioning.

Based on the assessment results, an Educational Psychologist will identify and define a child's specific special educational needs. This information helps in determining appropriate support and interventions for the child.

Where can I find Educational Psychologist jobs?

If you’re searching for your next Educational Psychologist job, be sure to get in touch today with our Divisional Manager, Richard Shorrock, to find all the latest job opportunities in your area. Alternatively, upload your CV to receive notifications when relevant job opportunities become available.

Who is Spencer Clarke Group? 

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Recruitment to us isn't just about matching candidates and clients; we’re passionate about finding candidates the perfect job which has the ability to boost their salary and standard of living, better their work life balance and improve their mental health. 

Similarly, we understand the impact which an experienced and skilled employee can make to a business and we love seeing clients thrive through the hard work of candidates which we have placed with them. 

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