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Scottish Division of Educational Psychology

The Scottish Division of Educational Psychology represents the distinct context of Scotland with its own issues and practice, shaped by separate legislation and policy setting mechanism, and serves to communicate between practising psychologists in Scotla


The primary purpose of the Scottish Division of Education Psychology (SDEP) is to promote and disseminate knowledge appropriate to the fields of educational psychology and to be concerned with all matters affecting the standards of professional competence, training and conduct of its members.

The SDEP also aims to represent the profession on various national working groups. 

What else does the SDEP do?

  • Communicates regularly with members via the SDEP Announce list. 
  • Contributes to the continuing professional development of the Scottish Educational Psychologists through arranging and planning specific training opportunities and conferences at national level. 
  • Encourages the development of networks of Educational Psychologists to exchange skills, knowledge, perspectives on ethics, standards and codes of conduct etc.
  • Has a voice in issues relating to the future of the profession, including through representation on the Educational Institute of Scotland Joint Forum and the Scottish Government workforce planning group.
  • Has links with Education Scotland, the EIS, COSLA, ADES, ASPEP and the Scottish Government around matters of education and additional support needs
  • In conjunction with the SDEP training committee, has a role in quality assurance in the selection process for postgraduate students training as Educational Psychologists
  • Is influential, in conjunction with the SDEP Training Committee, in the selection process for postgraduate students training as Educational Psychologists.
  • Produces a regular journal for members, Educational Psychology in Scotland
  • The SDEP links to the Society and ensures that Scottish Educational Psychologists contribute to national working parties both within the BPS and with multi-agency working groups.
  • The SDEP Training Committee monitors and encourages postgraduate training, having a responsibility to accredit courses in Scotland.
  • The SDEP Training Committee has a responsibility to accredit Local Authority Educational Psychology Services to support Educational Psychologists (Probationers).

Read our communications overview

Considering a Career in Educational Psychology?

Current Pay Scales

  • Maingrade Educational Psychologist: Point 0-6 £39,144 – 49,791
  • Management Spine: Points 1-9; £52,890-61,296
  • Senior Educational Educational Psychologist: Point 1 £52,890

Pay and conditions are negotiated in Scotland by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT). 

Doctorates in Educational Psychology

There are a number of Universities in Scotland that offer a postgraduate course in educational psychology usually known as a Doctorate in Educational Psychology. These courses do not offer a route to becoming an educational psychologist. They are an additional qualification that educational psychologists (or others) that are interested in an academic exploration of the field of educational psychology can undertake. The difference is that this course is not accredited training in applied educational psychology.

This differs from a Doctorate in Educational Psychology available in other parts of the United Kingdom, which are accredited by the BPS as a course in applied psychology and form the basis of training to become a chartered educational psychologist.

Candidates that are interested should check with the University whether the qualification they are offering is accredited by the BPS as a qualification in applied educational psychology.

Educational Psychology/Research Assistants

A number of Local Authorities in Scotland are employing Educational Psychology Assistants and Research Assistants to support the work of qualified educational psychologists.

These posts are usually available to Graduates who have gained the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR). These posts are a useful way of gaining relevant experience for those who wish to gain a place on an MSc Educational Psychology course. Salaries for these posts are at the discretion of the employer.

How do I become an Educational Psychologist in Scotland?

In Scotland, all psychologists employed by local authorities must be Registered Psychologists with the Health Care Professions Council, or be completing the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) Stage 2 with the aim of registering with the Health Care Professions Council.

Training to become an Educational Psychologist

In Scotland, the post-graduate training route for Educational Psychology involves;

  • A BPS accredited MSc in Educational Psychology (two years full time)
  • One year supervised practice in an accredited Psychological Service while completing the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) Stage 2. 

The minimum entry requirement for the MSc courses includes:

  • Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society. The easiest way to achieve this is to gain an accredited honours degree.
  • 2 years (minimum) of relevant experience

The MSc in Educational Psychology is available at both the University of Dundee and the University of Strathclyde.

The year of supervised practice requires to be in an accredited Psychological Service and Probationer Psychologists are paid at salary scale point 0.

What is relevant experience and how do I get it?

You must also have at least the equivalent of a minimum of two years' full-time work experience with children, young people and/or their families on entry to the programme. Examples of relevant experience would include work as a teacher in schools or further education, or as a teaching assistant, social work assistant, residential child care officer, community education worker, youth club worker, literacy tutor, assistant psychologist (clinical or educational), research assistant (in some cases), careers adviser and so on. Relevant paid and voluntary, part-time and full-time work can be taken into account. Work undertaken must be clearly set out in the application with dates and information regarding full time equivalence.

Voluntary experience of various kinds may assist applicants in demonstrating a breadth of relevant experience. Whatever kind of work has been done, courses will be primarily interested in what applicants have learnt from their experiences that is relevant to work as an educational psychologist, and how they have been able to apply the knowledge of psychology gained through first degrees.

Where are jobs advertised?

Job opportunities for qualified educational psychologists in Scotland are good. There are 31 employing local authorities and vacancies are common. Most newly qualified educational psychologists will be employed by the Local Authority, Educational Psychology Service (EPS) or Psychological Services accredited by the SDEP.

Positions are commonly advertised within the national press, e.g. The Times Educational Supplement (TES) and Times Educational Supplement (Scotland), The Herald and The Scotsman. The majority of Local Authority Educational Psychology Services also advertise positions on My Job Scotland.

Some Educational Psychology posts are advertised along with a range of other psychologist posts at all levels in the Society’s Appointments Memorandum which is sent to members each month. Posts are also advertised in the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) appointment memorandum, which is sent monthly to members.

Working as an Independent Educational Psychologist

Some educational psychologists work wholly or partly in private practice. The Society published Guidelines on Private Practice as a Psychologist

Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) (Stage 2)

The Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) (QEP(S)) offers the independent route to completion of stage 2 training for those who are employed as educational psychologists (probationers).

Successful completion of the QEP(S) leads to eligibility for Chartered membership with the Society, full membership of the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology, and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK.

Find out more about the Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) (Stage 2)

Awards & Funding

Funding - research

Grants are available for SDEP members to support research and development within Educational Psychology in Scotland and to promote the activities of the SDEP. Grants can be up to £1000 however larger grants may be considered dependent on circumstances.The SDEP is committed to continuing professional development for all Educational Psychologists. As part of this commitment, the committee welcome applications for funding to undertake research and disseminate findings across the country. 

It is envisaged that SDEP funds will be used for grants to support cross authority research and/or conferences that would benefit the aims of the SDEP. Grants may be used to support research groups or conferences that would be of interest to SDEP members and to support activities that improve networking between SDEP members. Grants will not be approved where a request is seen to replace individual or service CPD budgets.  


  1. Applicant must be a member of the SDEP.
  2. Costs must be transparent and appropriate.
  3. Financial viability must be clear (e.g. audience exists).
  4. SDEP membership should be encouraged (e.g. reduction in conference fee for SDEP members).
  5. The percentage of SDEP members involved should be made clear (e.g. ensure SDEP members attend from services across Scotland, dissemination of information to wider membership).
  6. The proposal fits with the SDEP aims and objectives. (The SDEP aims to promote and disseminate knowledge appropriate to the fields of educational psychology and to be concerned with all matters affecting the standards of professional competence, training and conduct of its members.)
  7. The proposal should promote and develop CPD within the wider profession of Educational Psychology.
  8. The SDEP support should be acknowledged in publicity and literature (e.g. flyers, conference reports, publications).
  9. There should be a clear benefit to the division and its members.

How to apply

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Judging process

  • Applications will be considered at executive meetings in February, May, August and November each year however if a quick decision is required this may be possible.
  • Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of the request upon submission of the proposal and will be notified of the response shortly after the Executive have met.

Read how members have benefitted from this funding


Chair: William Corral

Past Chair 

Honorary Treasurer: Elaine Robertson

Honorary Secretary: Vacant

Committee Member

  • Carol McGarry
  • Jean Campbell
  • Linden Hampton
  • Lynne Fernie
  • Sabrina Collins
  • Shonagh Anderson
  • Tracy Burke
  • Charlotte Murray

EIS Joint Forum Representative: Anne Wilson 

Ethics Representative: Vacant

Membership of the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

If you are not already a member you can join the SDEP at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

There are three grades of divisional membership:

  • Full Divisional membership - £30

    For fully qualified psychologists who are eligible for Chartered Status.

  • In-training Divisional membership - £15

    For psychologists in-training who hold Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and are working towards Chartered status and Full Divisional membership.

  • General Divisional membership - £30

    For members who are not currently eligible for the above grades, to join as a General Member.

Apply to join the SDEP (students, affiliates, e-subscribers)

Apply to join the SDEP (graduate, chartered, and in-training members)


Benefits of belonging

Why join the division?

When you become a member of the SDEP you gain a professional voice and receive many essential benefits.

These include:

  • The option to attend our Annual Conference

    Attend high quality presentations, present a poster or a paper and meet other members of SDEP at our annual conference – at exclusive low rates.

  • Additional opportunities for Continuing Professional Development

    Enjoy preferential rates for Professional Development workshops, offering comprehensive CPD opportunities, designed annually to meet the training needs of division members.

  • Access to our Educational Psychology in Scotland publication

    Receive an hard copy of EPiS delivered right to your door.

  • The chance to take part in the development and direction of the division

    Join the SDEP committee and influence the profession’s development by playing a part in policy decisions and other working groups.

Member announcement email list

The Scottish Division of Educational Psychology (SDEP) uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues.

By becoming a member of the SDEP you are automatically added to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology
  2. opt into receiving email communications and provide a working email address

These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'SDEP announcement email' in the subject line.

Getting involved with the SDEP Committee

The Scottish Division of Educational Psychology relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Division is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or in-training members, and together form an open and inclusive community.  

If you would like to become involved in the executive please come along to the Annual General Meeting and volunteer. The AGM is always held at the annual conference in September.

To get elected you need to complete a form and have two members of the SDEP support your nomination. Elections will be held at the AGM.  

SDEP Committee

The committee consists of four executive posts: the chair, the secretary, the treasurer and membership secretary. In addition there is a past chair and up to six ordinary members and up to three co-opted members. Committee members sit for three years subject to re-election at the AGM.

SDEP Training Committee

The Training Committee of the SDEP is separate to the executive. The committee plays an important role within the BPS validating the training courses and accrediting services for supervising Educational Psychologists (Probationers).

The Training Committee meets four times a year and consists of members of the SDEP and six standing members.

The six standing members are the directors of the two training courses in Scotland, a student representative from each of the training courses, a representative from the probationers’ network and an administrator from the British Psychological Society Head Office.

The SDEP Training Committee appoints a chair person and a past chair. Committee members sit for three years subject to re-election at the AGM. They can extend their stay on the committee for a further 3 years at the AGM.