Sue Browne, Educational Psychologist

Since qualifying as an educational psychologist in 1999, I have worked in three local authorities in England. Before this I had 18 years experience as a teacher in a mainstream secondary school and as a support teacher in a local authority advisory service, specialising in teaching children with learning difficulties, including specific learning difficulties (dyslexia). As an Educational Psychologist, I enjoy working with young people, their teachers and parents to try to make school a happier and more rewarding place to be. This might involve assessing abilities to help guide expectations, talking with teachers and families about any barriers to learning or thinking through with others how to help a young person who is struggling with making and keeping friends. Often I watch and listen carefully to what teachers, families and young people have to say to try to understand better how a young person is experiencing school and what motivates him or her. I strongly believe that children thrive when the adults in their lives are able to share insights, work together and include the young person in decision making. I have a particular interest in the attachment and educational needs of looked-after children and the needs of their carers. I have worked with specialist teaching teams for looked-after children, staff in children’s homes and foster carers. I have over ten years experience of contributing to the multi-disciplinary assessment of Autistic Spectrum Difficulties.