Educational psychologists work in a variety of different ways to address the problems experienced by children and young people in education. They have a central role in the statutory assessment and statementing procedures for children with special educational needs (SEN). They work directly with children and young people individually or in groups and with a wide range of other professionals to deliver their work.

Part of the educational psychology role is to work at a strategic level, carrying out research and advising on educational policy development. Other areas of work include delivering training on issues such as behaviour and stress management.

Direct work with children and young people includes assessing their learning and emotional needs using methods such as interviews, observation and test materials. Interventions are then developed to support the child or young person with the problems they are experiencing.

To train to become an educational psychologist, it is necessary to successfully complete a 3-year doctorate degree in educational psychology that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC is the regulatory organisation for educational psychologists. Upon completing an HCPC-approved training programme, it is necessary to register with the HCPC in order to be able to work as, and use the protected title of Educational Psychologist. 

There are currently around 2,750 educational psychologists registered with the Health Professions Council to practise in England.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership offers a number of funded educational psychology training places annually, which you can find out more about on these pages.