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Supporting pupils' psychological development in school - EDU00042H

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Poppy Nash
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

The module is intended to introduce students to key psychological concepts, by exploring current debates in Education concerning how schools can support the social and emotional development of pupils of all ages. Attention will be given to critically examining relationships between academic research, policy and practice in both primary and secondary schools.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • to understand the key psychological concepts underpinning the psychological support pupils receive in primary and secondary school settings;
  • to understand how theories and empirical research using key psychological concepts have informed our understanding of how best to support pupils social and emotional development in primary and secondary school settings.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Locate and engage with a variety of academic and psycho-educational sources.
  • Extract key points from articles, and to identify current debates and supporting evidence.
  • Contribute to debates in class and to critically reflect on them.
  • Communicate their ideas and understanding effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Complete weekly learning logs through which they will demonstrate their understanding of key concepts as well as develop their critical writing skills.
  • To accumulate a comprehensive understanding of the critical relationships which exist between academic research, policy and practice.


Task Length % of module mark
5,000 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
5,000 word essay
N/A 100

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Indicative reading

Kyriacou, C. (2007). Effective teaching in schools (3rd ed). Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes.

Adelman, H. S., & Taylor, L. (2000). Promoting mental health in schools in the midst of reform. Journal of School Health, 70, 171-178.

Calear, A. L., & Christensen, H. (2010). Systematic review of school-based prevention and early intervention programs for depression. Journal of Adolescence, 33, 429-438.

Cooper, P. & Whitebread, D. (2007). The effectiveness of nurture groups on student progress: Evidence from a national research study. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties 12(3), 171-90.

Erlbaum, B. & Vaughn, S. (2001) School-based interventions to enhance the self-concept of students with learning disabilities: A meta-analysis. The Elementary School Journal, Vol. 101 (3), 303-329.

Liddle, I. & Macmillan, S. (2010). Evaluating the FRIENDS programme in a Scottish setting. Educational Psychology in Practice, 26(1), 53-67.

Nash, P. (2006) The assessment & management of psychosocial aspects of reading and language impairments. In: M. Snowling & J.Stackhouse (Eds) Dyslexia, speech & language: A practitioner's handbook. Chapter 13. 2nd ed. London: Whurr.

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