UCL Educational Psychology


Leading Edge Psychology Days

Our annual UCL Leading Edge Psychology Day is organised on behalf of practitioner psychologist students on the UCL DEdPsy programme and usually takes place during March. The event is open to all EP practitioners across the country. Focusing on topical areas of EP practice, Leading Edge Days are led by nationally known keynote speakers and innovative practitioners, incorporating both research and practice components.

Leading Edge Day:
Tuesday 26th March 2024, 9:30-16:30
In-person and online via ZOOM webinar

"Extended School Non-Attendance: Theoretical and Practical Implications for Educational Psychologists"

Hardly a day seems go by without some reference to the dire state of attendance in schools, particularly since the pandemic. For EPs, of course, a significant part of our role relates to the needs of children and young people experiencing extended non-school attendance. This day will be the usual mixture of up-to-date research and how it informs practice.

A detailed programme with more information about speakers and the titles of their contribution is available here. This is an in-person day that is now sold out, however we are now offering an online webinar via Zoom which can be booked via the UCL Online Store below...

Please click here to book your place

Speakers contributing to the day

Dr David Heyne, until recently was associate professor in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University, and now has his own company, Excellence in Attendance Support. He is a founder member of the International Network for School Attendance. He is the world’s leading researcher in this field.

Professor Caroline Bond, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, is making a major contribution to extended non-school attendance through theory and practice and through supporting TEP research projects.

Dr Adele Tobias, Brighton and Hove Educational Psychology Service, has developed the research-based ATTEND framework, which has been adopted by a number of local authorities.

Dr Matthew Fletcher is an educational psychologist in Wirral Council. His doctoral research explored the use of robotic telepresence technology to support pupils who experience extended school non-attendance. He has published three papers about this technology and its UK applications. Currently, he is co-developing a local authority pilot project which includes schools trialling the AV1 device to support education re-engagement..

Dr Jerricah Holder, Educational Psychology Service, West Sussex and EBSA Horizons, has developed and offers training on EBSA, and is the author of the School Wellbeing cards.

Cancellation Policy: If a cancellation is made on or before Tuesday 19th March 2024, then 80% of the registration fee will be refunded. After this date, no refunds can be made.

Previously Held Leading Edge Days

To access slides and information from previously held Leading Edge Day Psychology days please click on the topic you are interested in below:

Children and young people growing up in poverty: what can educational psychology contribute?
Gender Diversity: what do EPs need to know and what can they do?
Children and young people in the digital age: what do EPs need to know?
What does resilience mean for educational psychologists? Concepts and applications
Austerity: How Should Educational Psychology Respond?
Educational Psychologists and Infant Mental Health
Educational Psychologists working for 16-25 year olds: What are the Possibilities?
The Changing Landscape of Special Educational Needs and Disability Legislation
Young People with Severe Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
Persistent Non-Attendance at School: Anxiety, Phobia, Avoidance or ODD Behaviour