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Educational Psychology in Scotland: Building Capacity in Universal Services

Venue: Edinburgh Conference Centre
Date: Friday 14th September 2012


The SDEP and ASPEP annual one day conference further develops themes from our conference last year (where the focus was on "Future Priorities".  SDEP and ASPEP have used the information gathered from last year's conference to generate a shared development plan around 5 key areas.  The overall theme for this years conference has been influenced by this plan, with sub themes being used to inform the workshop sessions.

The overall theme for the 2012 conference reflects the fact that Educational Psychologists in Scotland tackle inequalities in communities and improve life chances for all children and families. We work in local authorities and apply psychology and research to inform the best use of targeted and universal resources in local authorities. We aim to ensure that young people achieve their potential and become successful learners and confident individuals. 

The keynote speakers for this year's conference reflect the universal role for Educational Psychologists in building capacity with their partners in local authorities. Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, chairs the Scottish Government's Standing Literacy Commission and will address the challenges and opportunities which we face in tackling inequalities. Professor Neil Mercer of Cambridge University, will share his work with local authorities in England in implementing ‘Thinking together' approaches which aim to raise children's attainment through developing teachers' pedagogical skills to become ‘Vygotskian teachers'.

There will be also be three workshop sessions focusing on key themes of learning, teaching and assessment; health, wellbeing and resilience and universal psychology.  We welcome workshops from Educational Psychology Services, including those who are working collaboratively with other Psychology Services or partners.   The call for workshops will be made in March 2012. 

Further information will be circulated with guidelines and timescales for workshop contributions.  In the meantime if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact members of the conference committee;

Sarah Philp - sarah.philp@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
Jennifer King - jennifer.king@fife.gov.uk
Emma Brown - EmmBrown@aberdeencity.gov.uk

If you wish to register for this event please complete the online booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224504.


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