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Believers gain ground over classroom cynics

Only four out of 10 teachers were satisfied with the contribution of psychologists 10 years ago. Now, seven out of 10 are happy and want even more from them, Tommy MacKay, a consultant and Strathclyde University researcher told the conference.

Dr MacKay's latest survey - carried out with with Jim Boyle, a Strathclyde colleague - involved 91 primaries and 21 secondaries in five west of Scotland authorities, and showed a 22 per cent rise in satisfaction levels in primary and 37 per cent in secondary.

The survey tested teacher opinion in key areas such as individual assessments, primary-secondary liaison and pupil support. "Schools want more of everything and value individual assessment and work with parents," Mr Boyle said.

Dr MacKay said: "It is a very encouraging picture for the profession."

Psychologists were well placed for a central role in helping schools to deliver the five national priorities.

* Headteachers recognised their role in work outside special educational needs. They also appreciated the need for research.

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