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Project: the role of assistants in EP services in England

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This study aims to explore the role of assistants in EP services across England and possibly provide a starting point for future research to build on. We also hope to gain a snapshot of the diversity of participants to contribute to wider conversations in the profession on equality, diversity and inclusion.

How you can help

If you are:

  • a current Assistant Educational Psychologist or Assistant Psychologist
  • working within an Educational Psychology Service in England

We are asking participants to complete a short questionnaire looking into the different aspects of the role.

Project focus

There is significant variation in the role of Assistant Educational Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists across different EP services and little current literature exists which documents this (Woodley-Hume & Woods, 2019). Discussions at regional and national assistant network meetings between December 2021 and May 2022 highlighted this variation across the UK. 

Our focus is on:

  • Exploring how the assistant EP role varies across England
  • Contributing towards the profession around equality, diversity and inclusion at the assistant EP level
  • Providing a current summary of tasks AP and AEPs undertake


Sophie Elder, Debra Harland & Kate Kitchingman – Assistant EPs at Gateshead Council

If you have queries please email Debra or email Sophie

This project is being supported within the LA by Maxine Caine (Senior EP).

Research Questions

  1. What is the current role of assistant EPs across England?
  2. What are the demographics of current assistant EPs in England?


Online survey to complete, open to all assistant psychologists and assistant educational psychologists, working in EP services in England


Friday 8th July 2022

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