Supervised Professional Practice Placements in Year 1

Fieldwork ‘A’ is undertaken within one of the West Midlands Educational Psychology Services, under the supervision of one of the Field Tutors, who are likely to draw upon support from other designated practising educational psychologists within their employing Local Authority. All of the Educational Psychologists involved in placement supervision will normally have undertaken specific training to prepare for this role.

The placement includes time in schools and nurseries, visits to special provision, practice of skills, and experience of casework and consultation within the Psychological Service setting, along with a small scale collaborative project in a school or early years setting, undertaken by a pair or small group of trainees. The placement starts early in the Autumn Term and concludes in the following Spring. Two days in each week are devoted to Fieldwork ‘A’: this includes time for supervision.

Fieldwork ‘B’ is a block placement of approximately ten weeks’ duration. The placement starts after Easter, having been preceded by a two-day introductory visit prior to the Easter break. Supervision is undertaken by a designated member of the host Educational Psychology Service, with the Field Tutor maintaining close liaison, support, monitoring and assessment roles complementing the support offered by the Local Authority placement supervisor.

Trainee Educational Psychologists gain valuable experience of life as an applied psychologist on a full-time basis within their host Service during Fieldwork ‘B’. The placement offers opportunities for trainees to extend their range of skills and experience. While the detail of the personal learning agreement for the placement will be dependent upon both the practices of the Service and the particular needs and interests of the trainee, a minimum number of substantive tasks must be undertaken.

Cumulatively, the supervised professional practice undertaken during Fieldwork ‘A’ and ‘B’ should ensure that every trainee has opportunities to:

  • apply knowledge and skills introduced during University-based lectures and seminars;
  • gain experience of practice within two contrasting Educational Psychology Services; develop a portfolio of practice relating to assessment and intervention with individuals and groups of children and young people within a range of settings;
  • gain experience of working across the age continuum, and with children, young people and families from differing cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds; and
  • contribute to research, staff training, project and development work within schools and other relevant settings.

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