chapter  5
The Role of the Educational Psychologist in the Post-Warnock Era
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The main aim of this chapter is to make an assessment of the contribution of the educational psychologist (EP) to special educational practices. The enterprise arises from a consideration of the changing role of the EP from a rather narrowly conceived assessment/special treatment role to one where, in addition to this, more practical educational advice is required in relation to his/her recommendations in the ordinary school setting. This development in the role is in line with the spirit if not the actual recommendations of the Warnock Report, and the Education Act 1981, with their emphasis on the 'broader concept of special education' and normalisation, and is a direction which the profession itself has regarded as both positive and necessary.