Scottish Division of Educational Psychology 2014
The SDEP continued to thrive in 2014, with healthy membership numbers, enthusiastic executive and training committees and a range of successful activities throughout the year. Full membership stands at over 300, with over 70 additional general and trainee members. The following are some of the highlights of the year and areas of ongoing work.
Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting
The annual conference is always a highlight of the SDEP’s year. This year’s title was Teaching Scotland’s Children: The Role of Educational Psychology. Guest speakers and a range of posters and workshops provided by EPs and partners successfully engaged participants in the themes of supporting teachers’ professional development; using our research function in relation to raising attainment and achievement; and validated self-evaluation of educational psychology services. 215 EPs and trainees attended, and a common theme from the feedback related to the energy and buzz at the event.
Launch of the Primary One Literacy Assessment and Action Resource
Members contributed to the development of POLAAR in collaboration with Education Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists. The resource, which is available on the Education Scotland website, is designed to help Primary One teachers identify and assess children who are most at risk of developing difficulties with reading and writing.
Revision of Educational Psychology Assessment in Scotland
This important position paper, first published in partnership with the Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists in 2005, has now been reviewed and updated.
Educational psychology in Scotland
This year there was a special edition of our journal with a range of contributions on the theme of Video Interaction Guidance.
Validated self-evaluation reference group
The Division responded to an invitation from Education Scotland to participate in a professional reference group set up to inform the introduction of a process of validated self-evaluation for educational psychology services.
Partnership with ASPEP
The Division continues to work closely with the Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists on many matters of shared interest. A collaborative development day early in the year allowed us to review progress and update our joint plan.
National Scottish Steering Group for Educational Psychologists
The Division contributes to this group along with representatives from Scottish Government, Education Scotland, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists. The group has focused the crucial work of gathering data to inform workforce planning.
Reaccreditation of educational psychology services
The Training Committee continued its rolling programme of scrutinising psychological services’ arrangements for supporting probationer EPs through induction, professional development and completion of the society’s Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland).
MSc Educational Psychology programmes
A representative of the training committee took part in Strathclyde University’s review of its MSc Educational Psychology course. Observers were also provided for the selection process for the Dundee programme. The Division supported the University of Dundee MSc Educational Psychology Research Thesis Conference and a joint training day for trainee EPs from Dundee and Strathclyde universities.
Updating our website
A great deal of work has gone into updating and developing the Division’s website, including the addition of a Talking Heads video featuring enthusiastic delegates at our annual conference sharing what they enjoy about being educational psychologists. We look forward to the new microsite coming to fruition early in 2015.