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Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference 2017

Friday 27th October - Saturday 28th October 2017 at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

The 2017 British Psychological Society, Psychology of Education Section, Annual Conference theme will focus on the roles of learning, teaching and assessment.

We are delighted to announce three excellent keynote speakers who are experts in the field: Professor Christine Merrell (Department of Education, Durham University), Professor Lisa Woolfson (School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde) and Professor Jo-Anne Baird (Oxford University) who will present the 37th Vernon-Wall Lecture.

Our conference has a wide appeal and it allows those working in the field of Psychology of Education to present their work, network with other academics and practitioners, and discuss ideas in a friendly supportive environment.

Our conference will be of interest to scholars and academics working in the related fields of Psychology and Education, Educational and School Psychologists, teachers and colleagues working in initial teacher education.

Who is the course intended for?
Members and non-members of the Section, academics, postgraduate students, educational psychologists, teachers, others with an interest in psychological theory and principles in education.

Call for Submissions

We are no longer accepting submissions for this event. The deadline for submissions was 23:59 Sunday 2nd July 2017. Thank you to all those that have submitted, we will be in touch as soon as possible following review.

Bursary Applications

The British Psychological Society, Psychology of Education Section, will offer a number of bursaries for students (undergraduate or postgraduate) who have had a poster or paper accepted for presentation at our annual conference.

Applicants do not need to be members of the British Psychological Society, or members of the Psychology of Education Section but must be registered as a student at a Higher Education Institution.

To download bursary application guidelines, please click here.

Please send a letter of application along with confirmation of your student status (e.g., a letter from your supervisor), by email to escusr@p.r.kdebraybsogu with ‘PES bursary application’ in the subject line. Applications must be received by 31st August 2017.

Post-Graduate Workshops

The Psychology of Education Section are holding 2 Post-Graduate Workshops on Thursday 26th October 2017 at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh.

  • 1pm-3pm "Working with Schools"
  • 3pm-5pm "What is the Impact of Research and How Can We Capture it?"

Registrations for the workshops may be from any postgraduate student, Post-Graduates need not be attending the conference. If you are interested in attending please contact Jillian Adie, Secretary PES Section,

Additional Accommodation

If you require accommodation at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh on Thursday 26th October and Saturday 28th October 2017. Please call reservations direct on 0344 879 9028 for the best available rate.

Accommodation on Friday 27th October is available with the booking form link below (subject to availability)

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507


Thursday 26th October 2017

Psychologist in the Pub talks are completely free, and open to everyone.

19:30Psychology in the Pub event

Friday 27th October 2017

Please note, all speakers and timings are subject to change. The full conference programme can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

09:30Introduction and Welcome
09:40Opening Keynote: Professor Christine Merrell
10:40Refreshment Break
11:00Parallel Paper Session 1
13:30Parallel Paper Session 2
15:00Refreshment Break
15:30Vernon-Wall Lecture: Professor Jo-Anne Baird
17:00Poster Session and wine reception
18:30Psychology of Education Section AGM
19:00Conference Dinner

Saturday 28th October 2017

Please note, all speakers and timings are subject to change. The full conference programme can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

09:30Parallel Paper Session 2 and Symposium
11:00Refreshment Break
11:00Parallel Paper Session 3
13:30Closing Keynote: Professor Lisa Woolfson
14:30Closing remarks
15:00Conference Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Jo-Anne Baird

Keynote Speaker
Professor Jo-Anne Baird is Director of the Department of Education at Oxford University, United Kingdom and a Visiting Professor at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 2016 she was appointed Standing Specialist Adviser on Education to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education and also Professor II at the University of Bergen, Norway.
Her previous roles include Director of the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA) and Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Centre for Assessment and Learning Studies at the University of Bristol. She previously held the position of Head of Research at the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, where she managed the research programme and was responsible for the standard-setting systems for public examinations.
Her research interests focus upon assessment systems and recent projects include:

- Definitions of examination standards in public examinations internationally;
- Examination reform: The impact of linear and modular examinations at GCSE;
- Assessment for learning in Africa: Improving pedagogy and assessment for numeracy in foundation years;
- Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring;
- Marking evidence review;
- Investigation into the predictability of the Irish Leaving Certificate examinations;
- Assessment and learning: State of the field review.

Jo-Anne was President of the Association for Educational Assessment – Europe from 2013 to 2015. She is actively inv

Professor Christine Merrell

Keynote Speaker
Christine Merrell is a Professor in the School of Education and Director of Research at the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), Durham University, United Kingdom. She has extensive experience in the development of assessments (for example reading, mathematics, vocabulary, non-verbal ability and motor development) for children aged between 3 and 14 years. Most recently she developed a computer-delivered, adaptive diagnostic assessment of reading for children aged 5-11 years. She has published research about the development of children in the early years and the prediction of their later attainment, including children who are deaf and hearing impaired. Her other research interests include the academic attainment and progress of severely inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive young children and ways to help them succeed in the classroom. She additionally provides in-service training for teachers, education authority personnel and other professionals in relation to assessment, monitoring pupils' progress and evidence-based interventions to help children succeed at school.

Professor Lisa Marks Woolfson

Professor Lisa Woolfson is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom and was the founding Head of the School of Psychological Sciences and Health from 2010-2015. She is a registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council, with over twenty years experience as an educational psychologist, specialising in work with children with developmental disabilities and working with children, families, and schools. Her work as a specialist senior educational psychologist influenced her research interests in developmental disability, parenting, teacher beliefs about inclusion, and development and behaviour problems in pre-school children. Her teaching at Strathclyde is focused on the professional training of educational psychologists, with previous roles as Director of Teaching and Learning for BA Psychology and Director of the Research Doctorate in Educational Psychology. During 2015-2016 she explored new research areas and collaborations while on sabbatical, during which time she was Visiting Professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She is currently Head of Equality and Diversity for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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