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Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) Annual Conference 2020

‘A 20:20 vision of Educational Psychology: play, learning, inclusion and diversity. An exploration of current developments and advancements within educational psychology'

Thursday 9th - Friday 10th January 2020, Park Inn by Radisson, Northampton

The DECP invites you to attend our 2020 conference to explore the changing needs of children and young people in the 21st century. The conference will bring together leading keynote speakers, young people and academics, alongside relevant and practical examples to develop thinking and practice about what educational psychologists can do to facilitate play, learning, inclusion and diversity for the children, families and schools they work with.

The event consists of two days of keynote speakers, workshops, a dinner and dance, book launch, and a drinks reception.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Cora Sargeant, Educational Psychologist in Wiltshire and Academic and Professional Tutor at the University of Southampton: considering a broader conceptualisation of inclusion to include gender diversity, gender inclusion and gender inclusive practices for educational psychologists.

Dr Becky Taylor
Attainment grouping and social inequality
The Best Practice in Grouping Students project explored the impact of attainment grouping and mixed attainment grouping on the outcomes of 11-13 year olds in 140 English secondary schools. In this keynote I will share findings from this research and examine how significant gaps in student outcomes remain predicated on factors such as social background and ethnicity. I will share recommendations to promote socially-just and effective grouping practices.

Rob Webster, UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
Worlds apart? How pupils with SEN experience learning and life in mainstream settings
This session will present findings from one of the UK’s largest cross-sectional studies of pupils with SEN in mainstream primary and secondary schools. The everyday educational experiences of pupils with and without SEN are explored via data from extensive classroom observations (+1,200 hours) and 440 interviews with school staff, parents and pupils describing the decision-making behind SEN provision and its impact. What emerges is a picture of separation and segregation, which raises stark questions about the processes and practices of inclusion.

Talk Out Loud, young people's Mental Health participation group: focusing on raising awareness of mental health needs amongst young people and reducing the stigma and discrimination experienced by them.

Shooting Stars, Northamptonshire 13 -25 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Group, participating and supporting in consultations and ensuring young people have a voice about issues and services.

With more to be confirmed....

Conference Programme

We are pleased to announce the Conference Programme has now been published, you can download it here.


We are excited to be offering the opportunity to exhibit at the Conference, with the package including access to the Conference Sessions.

Further information can be found in the Exhibiting Information Pack, when you are ready to book please just complete the exhibiting booking form and send it to dc@cjnsc.kepk-oe.ou

Registration fees can be found on the event booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227776.

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Cora Sargeant

Dr Cora Sargeant is an Educational Psychologist working with the Wiltshire Educational Psychology Service and a Senior Teaching Fellow and academic tutor on the Doctoral Programme in Educational Psychology at the University of Southampton.

Dr Becky Taylor

Dr Becky Taylor CPsychol is Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research at UCL Institute of Education. She is co-Principal Investigator of The Student Grouping Study, a major new exploration of attainment grouping in mathematics, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation. Becky’s other research interests include, teachers’ engagement with research, the teaching of sensitive and controversial issues, and social justice in education. Becky is a qualified teacher and taught in secondary schools for 11 years.

Rob Webster

Rob Webster is an Associate Professor, based in the Centre for Inclusive Education, UCL Institute of Education. Between 2011 and 2017, he led the Making a Statement and SEN in Secondary Education studies, which focussed on the educational experiences of pupils with SEND. Before this, he was part of the research team behind the ground-breaking Deployment and Impact of Support Staff project.

Rob leads the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) initiative, which brings together an integrated, school improvement and training programme, extensive practical guidance and resources, and national and international consultancy. He has written extensively on the topic of TAs; his publications include two acclaimed books: Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants and The Teaching Assistant's Guide to Effective Interaction.

Rob’s latest book, Including Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Learning and Life: How Far Have We Come Since the Warnock Enquiry – and Where Do We Go Next?, marks the fortieth anniversary of the landmark Warnock Enquiry into special education.


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