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Spend equity fund wisely: ask a psychologist

Call for schools to consult mental health professionals on how to use £120m pot for disadvantaged pupils

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Educational psychologists are “well placed” to help schools spend money earmarked for closing the attainment gap wisely, according to Vivienne Sutherland, Fife’s principal educational psychologist (EP) and the new chair of the Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists.

EPs can assist in setting up projects; interpret national research so that schools can apply it to their own contexts; and help to scale up small projects that appear to be working, Sutherland tells Tes Scotland.

If something is making a difference, EPs are able to help schools figure out why it is working. ...

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