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Psychology of Education Section

The purpose of this section is to promote psychology in education and the interests of psychologists engaged in schools, further and higher education, child guidance and the wider community.


Our aims are:

  • To offer advice to the Society on matters related to psychological aspects of education and the training of teachers.
  • To promote the study and discussion of psychology in education. 
  • To provide a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas among those interested in the psychological aspects of education. 
  • To stimulate research into matters related to the psychological aspects of education. 

We achieve these in three ways:

  • Communication of research findings.
  • Development of policy on key issues affecting psychology and psychologists in education.
  • Lively discussion of contemporary issues both scientific and professional. 


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Psychology of Education

The Psychology of Education Review


Psychology of Education Review

As well as publishing the work of established researchers and providing invited articles by experts in their field, Psychology of Education Review also aims to encourage the work of early researchers, providing a forum in which to publish first or early pieces of work.

Vernon Wall


Chair: Claire Fox ([email protected])

Chair Elect: Louise Taylor Bunce

Honorary Treasurer: Jonathan Firth and Laura Nicholson

Honorary Secretary: Lucy James

Committee Members

  • Alison Kington
  • Claire Wilson
  • Rachel Maunder
  • David Putwain
  • Lucy James
  • Katy Smart

Co-opted Members

  • Andrew Holliman
  • Gayle Brewer
  • Charlotte Bagnall
  • Carol Brown

Editor of Psychology of Education Review: Andrew Holliman

PsyPAG Representative: Donna Smith

Developmental Representative: Hannah Wilkinson


Membership of the Psychology of Education Section is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

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

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Benefits of belonging

Benefits of Psychology of Education Section Membership

  • A copy of the Psychology Education Review, twice a year
  • A copy of the Vernon Wall
  • Books - 30% off books from BPS Blackwell and 20% off selected books from Oxford University Press. 
  • Continuing Professional Development - CPD opportunities via workshops, short courses and e-learning from our Professional Development Centre at preferential rates for members. 
  • Networking - Networking opportunities through Member Networks and over 100 events each year including the annual conference, plus access to international links with other psychological groups around the world.

Member Announcement Email List

The Psychology of Education Section 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 Section you are automatically added to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the Psychology of Education Section
  2. opt into receiving email communication 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 'Psychology of Education Section announcement email' in the subject line.

Getting involved with the Psychology of Education Section Committee

The Psychology of Education Section relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Section 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 students members, and together form an open and inclusive community.