British Educational Psychologists aim to improve the life chances of all.  In fulfilling this aim the role of the educational psychologist is varied in regard the activities engaged in, the focus of work and the populations being worked with/alongside.  This variability is one of the frequently cited reasons why Educational Psychologists enjoy their job.

The work of Educational Psychologists is extensive relating to teaching and learning, behaviour and development. Work is carried out with, or for children and young people aged 0-25 years, parents and carers, educational establishments, education management, as well as a range of agencies, such as social work services and health.

All British Educational Psychologists are expected to conform to the standards exemplified in The BPS (British Psychological Society) Code of Ethics and Conduct (2009). British Educational psychologists must also be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The 5 core functions of a Psychological Service (as defined by the SEED Review of Provision of Educational Psychology Services in Scotland, 2002 (Currie Report), as: consultation, assessment, intervention, training and research.

Furthermore, the core functions performed by Educational Psychologists were identified as being carried out at the following levels:

  1. Child and Family
  2. School or Establishment
  3. Educational Authority and / or National Level

In this video you can see Dr Ian Smillie and Dr Angie Wigford discussing the nature of Educational Psychology and how to go about training as an Educational Psychologist in the UK.