Psychology of Education Section



The section promotes psychology in education and the interests of psychologists engaged in schools, further and higher education, child guidance and the wider community. Its aims are:

  • To promote the study and discussion of psychology in education. 
  • To stimulate research into matters related to the psychological aspects of education. 
  • To provide a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas among those interested in the psychological aspects of education. 
  • To offer advice to the Society on matters related to psychological aspects of education and the training of teachers.

It achieves these aims in three ways:

  • Communication of research findings; 
  • Lively discussion of contemporary issues both scientific and professional. 
  • Development of policy on key issues affecting psychology and psychologists in education.


Through its committee, the section organises an annual conference and produces the Psychology of Education Review, a bi-annual peer reviewed journal and newsletter. It also organises and publishes an annual Vernon-Wall lecture, which is normally presented at the annual conference. Other section activities include one-day conferences on specific issues, a number of ad hoc policy groups, and responses to a variety of government and other documents.

How to join

To join any Section of the Society, you must also be a member of the Society. For information on how to join the Society, please visit the membership page

To join the Psychology of Education Section as a Graduate Member, it costs £10 on top of the main membership fee or £2 if you are a student. Please return the membership form and return it to us by post.

Announcement list

Membership announcement email lists are used to inform members of Society activities and initiatives that are relevant and specific to members as well as requests for engagement on topical issues and input on surveys.

Joining Society membership announcement emails lists is an automatic process and linked via your membership record. For example, if you are a Psychology of Education Section member in Northern Ireland, in this instance you would be assigned to the Psychology of Education Section and BPS Northern Ireland Branch membership announcement lists too. However, you will need to opt-in if you are not already receiving these emails

It is therefore important to keep your society membership record up to date!

For help and support information please visit the online help centre.

You may also send announcements to the list by mailing to [email protected]. The list administrator, Emma Jackson will approve announcements before circulating them.