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Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference 2019

Getting Reflective: Psychology as a Force for Good in Education

Thursday 12th - Friday 13th September 2019 at University of Manchester, Chancellors Hotel

The 2019 British Psychological Society, Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference theme will be a reflective focus on how the psychology of education is a force for good.

We are delighted to announce three excellent keynote speakers who are experts in the field: Prof John Raven (Eye on Society), Dr Alice Jones Bartoli (Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London) and Prof Pamela Qualter (The Manchester Institute of Education, The University of Manchester) who will present the 39th Vernon-Wall Lecture.

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

Conference Programme

We are pleased to announce the programme for the Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference 2019 has now been published, download it here.

Call for Papers

Deadline for all submissions was 12.00 on Friday 31st May 2019.

Psychology in the Pub event

This year's popular Psychology in the Pub event is being hosted in conjunction with the North West of England Branch of the BPS with Dr Cathy Atkinson, University of Manchester, speaking on Motivational interviewing: conversations for a change.

This social gathering is free to attend and open to all delegates (no registration is required), full details can be found here.


Accommodation on the night of Thursday 12th September is included in the Full Conference Residential package. At this time there is no availability of bedrooms at The Chancellors Hotel on the night of Wednesday 11th September but rooms may become available at a rate of £86.00 B&B, please check with the hotel directly, 0161 9077414.

The Hallmark Inn and the Rams Lodge are within walking distance of Chancellor's hotel, as well as numerous hotels in Manchester City Centre, a short bus ride away.

Registration fees can be found on the booking form, please note only day attendance can now be booked.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Alice Jones Bartoli

Alice Jones Bartoli is the Director of the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work focuses largely on school behaviour and mental health; understanding the influences on socio-emotional development and functioning across a child’s school life, and working with schools to develop intervention strategies that work for students with complex and chronic difficulties. Work is funded by ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, Mind and the National Autistic Society. She is also a visiting lecturer at New York University in London and at Tomsk State University in Russia. Alice is the Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Educational Psychology.

Professor Pamela Qualter

Keynote Speaker
Pamela Qualter is a Professor of Psychology for Education at The University of Manchester. She is one of the UK’s leading experts in the field of child and adolescent loneliness, and is an expert in socio-emotional skills development. Using research designs that follow people over a large number of years during childhood and adolescence, Pamela has examined individual differences in the course of loneliness from childhood to early adulthood, investigated risk factors for stable, long-term loneliness. She also has used experimental and observational designs to examine how emotional skills impact social relationships among youth, and how emotional skills are linked to mental health. Pamela is currently evaluating interventions for lonely youth, exploring whether social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions can help improve mental and social health among children and adolescents. Pamela was PI on The BBC Loneliness Experiment.

Professor John Raven

John Raven’s early work included studies of the effects of television on children and evaluations of Primary and Secondary education. In mid career he studied values, attitudes and institutional structures associated with economic and social development, replicated and extended his educational surveys, took part in two international studies of civics education and an international study of adult political culture. Since returning to Scotland he has studied the effects of a pre-school educational home visiting programme, evaluated environmentally-based, competency-oriented, educational activities in primary schools, and extended his studies of the competencies required in the workplace and society. His work also includes studies of the workings of economic and politico-bureaucratic systems. Most recently, he has focussed on the networks of invisible social forces which primarily determine individual and collective behaviour – a domain which has become known as Sociocybernetics. His work can be reviewed via the links available in


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