Dr Jane Leadbetter

Dr Jane Leadbetter

School of Education
Tutor in Educational Psychology
Senior Educational Psychologist

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Jane works as a tutor in educational psychology and is involved in teaching and supervising trainee educational psychologists on the three year initial training programme (Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate). 

Alongside this Jane works as a Senior Educational Psychologist for Birmingham Local Authority, for one day a week, working with schools and other settings and with individual children and families.

Prior to becoming an educational psychologist, Jane was a secondary school Mathematics teacher in Leicestershire.


  • PhD Educational Psychology (Birmingham)
  • M.Ed. (Ed. Psych.) (Birmingham)
  • B.Sc (Hons) Psychology (Nottingham)
  • PGCE (Warwick)
  • Chartered Educational Psychologist, AFBPsS.



  • Professional practice in educational psychology services;
  • Applications of sociocultural and activity theory research in professional settings;
  • Consultation skills for professionals;
  • Multi-agency working;
  • The use of systemic and preventative approaches in schools and applications of organisational psychology; and
  • Professional learning, development and supervision within Children’s  Services


Selected publications

Leadbetter, J. (2013) Assessing and supporting children and young people with EBD: The role of educational psychologists. In Cole, T., Daniels, H. and Visser, J. (Eds.) The Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Routledge: Oxford. 

Leadbetter, J. and Arnold, C. (2013) A Hundred years of applied psychology. The Psychologist Vol 26,No 9.  BPS: Leicester. 

Callicott, K. and Leadbetter, J. (2013). An investigation of factors involved when educational psychologists supervise other professionals. Educational Psychology in Practice Vol 29, No 4 pp383-403.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02667363.2013.853649

Leadbetter, J., Dunsmuir, S. and Gibbs, S. (2015) Guest Editorial: Supervision. Educational and Child Psychology Vol 32,3. British Psychological Society: Leicester. 

Dunsmuir, S., Lang, J. , Leadbetter, J. 2015 Current trends in educational psychology supervision in the UK. Educational and Child Psychology Vol 32,3. British Psychological Society: Leicester. 

Leadbetter, J. Activity Theory and the Professional Practice of Educational Psychology 2nd edition (2017) In Kelly, B., Woolfson, L. and Boyle, J. (Eds.) Frameworks for Practice in Educational Psychology: A textbook for trainees and practitioners.London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Edwards, A., Daniels, H., Gallagher, T., Leadbetter, J. and Warmington, P. (2009) Improving Inter-professional Collaborations. Multi-agency working for children’s wellbeing. London: Routledge. ISBN 9780415468701.

Leadbetter, J. (2008) Learning in and for interagency working: making links between practice development and structured reflection. Learning and Social Care Vol 7,4 pp 1988-208.

Gaskell, S. and Leadbetter, J. (2009) Educational Psychologists and multi-agency working: Exploring professional identity. Educational Psychology in Practice Vol 25,2 pp 97-111.