Desirable shortlisting criteria
To allow us to shortlist effectively, your personal statement should show evidence of the following criteria:
- Reference to psychological theory/theories that are relevant to children, families and community.
It is better to focus on one or two clear examples from your knowledge and experience of working with children, young people and families where you have drawn on theories and how you have applied this in your work.
- Ability to make links between personal experience and training as an educational psychologist.
You should think about your personal, professional and/or voluntary experiences and provide a clear description of the skills that you have developed that will help you in your training as an educational psychologist.
- Ability to explain relevance of personal experience to training as an educational psychologist.
- Reference to the role of an educational psychologist.
You should demonstrate that you have detailed knowledge about the range of work educational psychologists do; the different settings they work in; and the current issues facing the profession in Scotland. We would advise that you speak to educational psychologists and read relevant publications. Useful sources may include Education Scotland, The Scottish Government, and The British Psychological Society.
- Reference to working collaboratively with other adults in work experience (paid or unpaid).
You should indicate specific examples where you have worked collaboratively with other adults (paid or unpaid) to meet children and young people's needs.