Division of Educational & Child Psychology

DECP Awards

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Educational and Child Psychology

The award is aimed at educational psychologists who have made an outstanding contribution to professional practice.

The Award is open to members of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP).
It is intended to be a timely acknowledgement of the achievements of professional educational psychologists who are currently engaged in making an unusually significant contribution to professional practice within the United Kingdom.

Nominations should take the form of a narrative (1000 words maximum) highlighting the candidate’s achievements and the grounds for proposing the candidate.

The DECP committee will appoint an Award Committee to select the recipients of the Award.

The Society is committed to the achievement of equality of opportunity as an employer and in its dealings with members. It is also committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in academic and professional training and to users of psychological services. The Society aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee of the Society, member or user of psychological services receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of, for example, gender, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, disability or age or is disadvantaged by terms or requirements which cannot be shown to be justified.

The Award will confer commemorative certificate which will be presented to the recipient at the Annual Conference of the Division. The recipient will also deliver an address at the said Annual Conference.

Nominations should be submitted using the online nomination form. No later than 1st September in any given year.  


Using the online nomination form the following information is required:

  1. Name, title, organisation/affiliation, BPS membership number, contact telephone and email address of the nominee(s)
  2. Name, title, organisation/affiliation, BPS membership number, contact telephone and email address of the nominator(s)
  3. Name, title, organisation/affiliation, BPS membership number, contact telephone and email address of the referee(s)
  4. Key achievements of nominee (1000 words in narrative format)
  5. Supporting documentary evidence (if appropriate)

Whereas the formal criteria for the Award are limited to any `distinguished contribution to educational psychology,’ it is intended that this criterion will be interpreted broadly and might include any of the following, by way of example.

  1. Originality.
  2. Development of an innovative and effective intervention. 
  3. Impact on the development of a psychological service.
  4. Developing and implementing a model for other organisations to adopt.
  5. Leadership of an initiative which has resulted in policy relating to education based on sound psychological principles.
  6. Pioneering work with disadvantaged children.
  7. the degree of difficulty overcome in achieving development within their field of expertise
  8. overall evidence of achievement


If you have any queries please email [email protected] quoting 'DECP Award' in the subject line