Dr Simon Claridge - AFBPsS, CPsychol, BA(Hons), PGCE, MSc, Post Grad. Dip. (Edu), Post Grad. Studies (Intro to Psychoanalysis), DEdPsy. (Edu Psych)

Research Director (DEdPsy)

029 208 76497
Tower Building, Park Place


I am seconded currently on a part-time basis (0.4 fte) to the School of Psychology, Cardiff University, where I work as a Professional Tutor with the DEdPsy Professional Training Programme for educational psychologists. My permanent post is with Bristol City Local Authority, where I am employed as an area senior educational psychologist with lead responsibility for the South Bristol team of educational psychologists and across the city for children in care, refugee and asylum seekers, links with CAMHS, professional development and school improvement work as well as behaviour management developments.

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Postgraduate research interests

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application here.

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Before training as an educational psychologist in 1987-1989, I worked full-time as a qualified teacher for three years within a variety of educational settings, including:

  • mainstream primary schools;
  • post 16 education; and
  • TEFL teaching across all ages from infant to adult.

Also prior to teaching, I worked as a sales manager in wholesale foodstuffs and I teach dinghy and yacht sailing.

For the past twenty years I have worked as an educational psychologist in Local Authority Psychology Services in both rural and urban settings. For the last years of that time I have also been seconded on a part-time basis to contribute to the initial professional training of educational psychologists. This work has included:

  • two years as a professional tutor (0.4 fte) with the DEdPsy Professional Training Programme at Cardiff University;
  • lead responsibility for assessment;
  • being part of a national team developing a virtual learning environment for problem-based learning with respect to developing supervision skills.

Professional Activities and Interests

I have and continue to run workshops at national level conferences and have presented on topics including:

  •  stress management (personal and organisational);
  • consultation;
  • team building;
  • assessment for intervention;
  • Asperger’s Syndrome;
  • working with vulnerable indigenous populations;
  • supervision; and
  • attachment and resilience for learning.