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Association of Educational Psychologists
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At the centre of the Association's organisation and structure is the National Executive Committee (NEC). This is an elected body, which deals with much of the Association's business and sets Association policy. Membership of the NEC comprises of:
Six Officers - elected by the whole membership:
Full and trainee members of the Association are eligible to stand for election to the NEC. Regional Members are elected only from, and by, full and trainee members in each of the nine regions within the United Kingdom, as defined by the Association for administrative and electoral purposes. The six officers and two national members may be drawn from any of the electoral regions, and are elected by national ballot. All members of the NEC are unpaid for their work for the Association, but are reimbursed expenses.
National Members are elected by the whole membership. There are two National Members
National Members - Stephanie James and Angela Pratten
Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Darlington, Doncaster, Durham, East Riding of Yorkshire, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Kingston-upon-Hull, Kirklees, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Tyneside, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Redcar & Cleveland, Rotherham, Sheffield, South Tyneside, Stockton-on-Tees, Sunderland, Wakefield and York.
Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Bury, Cheshire, Cumbria, Halton, Isle of Man, Knowsley, Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Sefton, St Helens, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington, Wigan, Wirral.
Bath & North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gibraltar, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole Service Children's Education, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay, Wiltshire.
Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Derbyshire, Dudley, Herefordshire, Leicester, Leicestershire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford & Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, Worcestershire.
All London Boroughs
Bedfordshire, Cambridgshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Luton, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Rutland, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk, Thurrock.
Bracknell Forest, Brighton & Hove, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Guernsey, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Jersey, Kent, Medway, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Reading, Slough, Southampton, Surrey, West Berkshire, West Sussex, Windsor & Maidenhead, Wokingham, Haringey.
A considerable amount of the day-to-day work of the Association, including general administration, is undertaken by the Association's employees, who currently include the:
This is a nationally elected post and subject to re-election every 4 years, (educational psychologists with a minimum five years' full membership of the Association are eligible to stand for election).
These positions are full-time employees undertaking a range of duties, including conduct of casework for individual members.
They are responsible for the day-to-day management of the Association's administrative Head Office in Durham.
Head of Administration / Office Manager - Clare Corless
Clerical and administrative staff also support the work of the Administrative Co-ordinators:
Membership & Data Officer - Susan Euington
Reprographics Officer - Liz Dowson
Regional Support/Administration Officer - Ann Harding
Regional Support/Administration Officer - Aimee Mitford
PA to General Secretary/Communications Officer - Mel Flounders
Editor - Stephanie James
Board members - include the Review Editor and six ordinary members elected from the Association membership, plus two representatives from the NEC.
The Association's journal, Educational Psychology in Practice, is published on a quarterly basis. Whilst the NEC has ultimate responsibility for the publication, editorial control is delegated to the Editorial Board.
Apart from the editor, the members of the editorial board are not paid for their work in the production of the journal.
Association members in every local authority are encouraged to elect a local representative from their number, to act as spokesperson on their behalf within the authority, and to represent them on local consultative and negotiating bodies. They form a vital link between the NEC and individual members. The Association organises training for local representatives, and provides support and advice through regional representatives.
The invited Patron of the Association is W.D. Wall, Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of London Institute of Education.
There are two active branches of the association; one of which meets regularly to discuss union issues. They also often organise a programme of speakers and, occasionally, study days. Branch meetings enable members to keep abreast of developments within the Association and profession, as well as opportunities for continuing professional development.
Regional Representatives organise meetings for Local Representatives in their region - usually once per term. This enables the local reps to share information and experiences, to discuss issues of particular concern to members in their authorities, and to update themselves on Association policy and strategy. Such meetings also provide the NEC with feedback about local developments and the views of members at 'grass roots' level.