The role of an educational psychologist

Educational Psychologists in Scotland aim to improve the life chances of all children and young people. Working within local authorities and in partnership with families and other services, we use applied psychology and knowledge of child development to address inequalities, support vulnerability and enhance inclusion.

If you would like to meet a member of the educational psychology team you can contact them through the meet the team page.

We seek to ensure that young people realise their potential to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

We do this by:

  • Designing and implementing interventions which support individuals and communities to develop resilience. With our partners, we therefore work to ensure that children are safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible and included.
  • Sharing knowledge about 'what works' and promoting evidence informed approaches to inform the policy and practice of literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in our educational establishments and communities
  • Raising awareness of the crucial role of communication, relationships and nurture in children's lives
  • Training and developing the skills of other professionals, for example teachers and early years staff, to improve children's attainment and achievement
  • Highlighting the importance of understanding the interactive nature of assessment, teaching and learning - where adults and children can build new ways of responding to each other in different contexts, and over time
  • Working directly with schools to think about the needs of the whole child and reach solutions which overcome barriers to learning by building on the strengths and assets of individual children and their families.
  • Aiming to ensure that assessment and planning for children and young people leads to their successful inclusion in their class, school and community
  • Using research to inform the development of targeted and universal services and the implementation of effective interventions in local authorities
  • Supporting effective transitions (early years into primary, primary to secondary and secondary to post school) to ensure young people are eventually successful in employment, further education or training
  • Working with others to make sense of what's happening and how people think, feel and behave so that children and adults can make informed choices and decisions
  • Encouraging families and children with Additional Support Needs to foster an optimistic view of the future through awareness of strengths and capabilities.