Meet the Educational Psychology Team

The team of Educational Psychologists are qualified to post-graduate level and registered with the Health and Care Professional Council.

In addition to professional Educational Psychology qualifications, many of our Educational Psychologists have additional qualifications in areas such as Narrative Therapy, Video Interaction Guidance and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an attachment-based treatment for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.

Gabrielle Stacey - Principal Educational Psychologist

Gabrielle is the Principal Educational Psychologist in the team as part of her wider role as Head of Specialist Education and Safeguarding. She has worked with a number of Local Authority educational psychology services, developing high quality statutory and traded work and promoting the needs of children and young people at a strategic level.

She recently completed her doctorate at University of Birmingham looking at the impact of assessing children’s cognition using alternative approaches to standardised tests and psychometrics. Gabrielle has a particular interest in emotional health and well-being and has contributed to a number of publications and training programs focusing on mental health in schools, bereavement and self-harm.

In addition to the educational psychology team, Gabrielle provides leadership to the specialist teaching teams, the Medical Education Team and the safeguarding in schools agenda. She is a former Local Authority SEN strategic lead and regularly provides support to other Local Authorities as an SEN expert for exclusions appeals.



Rachel Ashmore - Educational Psychologist

Rachel is an experienced educational psychologist and has worked in Worcestershire for 12 years

Before completing her MSc in Educational Psychology, Rachel worked as a Teacher in Birmingham and Kidderminster. Additionally, she worked as an assistant Educational Psychologist in a specialist SEMH provision for 3 years. She has built upon this experience to develop a particular interest and expertise in supporting adolescents in the social and emotional challenges they experience in schools.

Rachel has undertaken further professional training in using cognitive behavioural approaches in working with young people. Furthermore, she has recently enhanced her skills in delivering professional supervision practices to support colleagues.

As an adoptive parent of a child with additional needs, she is passionate about supporting children and families.

Rachel can deliver training on supporting students who self -harm.

Rita Sutherland - Educational Psychologist

Rita is an experienced Educational Psychologist registered with the HCPC and is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. Rita offers extensive experience of psychological assessment, therapeutic interventions, reporting and providing recommendations for young people and families. Rita has worked at the Meadow Centre diagnosing children on the autistic spectrum. She is trained with ADOS. She has worked with young people with a range of complex needs including social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, neuro developmental disorders and learning and language difficulties. Rita holds a certificate in counselling, she is trained to deliver cognitive behavioural approaches, solution focused approaches and is a Family Links trainer. Rita delivers Precision Teaching training to schools.

Rita has been accredited with her Stage 3 Video Interactive Guidance and is a certified practitioner. She is training to be a VIG supervisor.

“Rita continued to be in many ways the only person I feel who has advocated for my daughter during this very stressful and uncertain period, as well as continuing to meet her to help her in trying to manage her behaviour and emotions, not to mention supporting me with phone calls, emails and attending meetings at the school to discuss ongoing arrangements for her education. I can honestly say the help she has provided has been invaluable.” Amelia Quirk (Parent Woodrush High).

David Scott - Educational Psychologist

Dave is a parent. He has practised Educational Psychology for nearly thirty years. Dave previously taught English, Drama and SEN in High Schools. He has a Catholic Teacher’s Certificate and an ongoing interest in faith-based education. He has managed psychology services and interprofessional teams.

Dave previously worked as a Specialist Psychologist for Looked-After Children and has extensive experience of supporting and training foster carers and residential social workers. He also spent 10 years as psychologist member of Adoption Panels. He has been Specialist EP for Behaviour, leading a County Behaviour Team.

He has worked extensively in Oral History and has trained many interviewers. Dave has also worked as part of a CAMHS Team. He is ADOS trained and has been a member of integrated Autism Pathways in 3 authorities. He has carried out a series of 2 day Attachment Courses for Social Workers. Dave particularly enjoys working with groups of parents.

Dave has also been a Critical-Incident Co-Ordinator, and continues to offer Critical Incident training to schools and colleges. He has supported students undertaking masters and doctorates. He has provided input to university psychology courses.

Dave has carried out research into Teen Cooperatives and into interagency and interprofessional communication and how to make this maximally effective. He has actively worked in promoting organisational change and renewal.

Dave has also an active interest in Youth Drama, especially with regard to helping young adults with social communication difficulties.

Professional qualifications/accreditations:

  • B.A. (hons) English, B.A. (hons) Psychology
  • M.A.. Education, MSc. Educational Psychology
  • Doctorate of Ed Psychology
  • DECP: Practioner Psychologist

Dave is able to deliver training on:

  • Facilitating Circle-based consultancy
  • Systemic Change in Schools
  • Behaviour Management
  • “ Behaviouralism 101”
  • Cognitive Behavioural Approaches
  • Positive Psychology
  • Bullying
  • Foster Carer
  • Prospective adopter training
  • Psychological perspectives on faith-based education
  • Input to/ facilitation of parental groups
  • Critical incident training for schools
  • Drama for promoting Social Interaction
  • Facilitation of shared pathway-planning for teams and organisations
  • Attachment (for both education and social care colleagues)
  • Oral History Interviewing
  • Achieving better parental consultation meetings
  • Precision Teaching
  • Monitoring the efficacy/efficiency of interventions
  • Consultative or supervisory research support to
  • Individual researchers
  • Autism


Laura Jellicoe - Educational Psychologist

Prior to becoming an Educational Psychologist for Babcock Prime Laura worked as a Teaching Assistant in a Worcestershire special school and then a Teacher in mainstream primary. She thoroughly enjoyed these roles and they sparked an interest in promoting the use of outdoor learning environments for all children but particularly those with Special Educational Needs (SEN). While teaching Laura trained as a Forest School Leader and spent time researching the impact of Forest Schools for her Masters in Education, as a Trainee Educational Psychologist (TEP) and then during her first post as an Educational Psychologist in a West Midlands borough. Laura completed her Applied Doctorate in Educational Psychology at Nottingham University and has since returned to the University to lecture.

Laura has delivered a number of training courses for school staff including Meeting Attachment Needs, Precision Teaching, Counselling Skills, Emotion Coaching and Self-Harm. She has also supervised a Research Team to promote research and development within the profession. A recent training session in Precision Teaching was valued by a local school:

“Precision Teaching has made a huge difference for one of our students as his reading skills have improved and he wants to read every day. The intervention has also had the knock-on effect of improving parental engagement with school as they are keen to receive regular feedback about this intervention” Mrs Susan Darby, SENCO at Wilden All Saints CE Primary School (a co-founding member of the Severn Academies Educational Trust)

Laura volunteered with a Worcestershire bereavement support charity for a number of years and has an interest in supporting schools during critical incidents. She really enjoys offering staff consultations as well as individual work with children and young people based on Cognitive Behavioural Approaches, Motivational Interviewing and Counselling techniques.

Sophie Symonds - Educational Psychologist

Sophie is an Educational Psychologist, registered with the HCPC and is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. Prior to this, Sophie worked as a Primary School Teacher.

Sophie recently completed her doctorate training course at the University of Bristol. Her doctoral thesis explored the factors that support care leavers to go to university and supporting children in care and care leavers to achieve their full potential is a passion of hers.

Sophie has experience of supporting systemic change, psychological consultation, psychological assessment, therapeutic interventions and gathering children’s views. She has had training in a range of interventions, including Therapeutic Storywriting, Story Links, Zippy’s Friends, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Dynamic Assessment, Narrative Therapy, Emotion Coaching and Cognitive Behavioural Approaches.

Sophie has delivered training in meeting attachment needs in schools, Precision Teaching, Solution Focused Working and an Autism Parent Programme. School staff have reported that Sophie presents training with, “Friendly, clear and confident delivery.”

Sophie has also provided training to Trainee Educational Psychologists at a regional level at a Trainee Division of Educational and Child Psychology Conference.

Professional accreditations: BSc, PGCE, DEdPsy, HCPC registered

Annie Kent - Trainee Educational Psychologist

Annie is an Educational Psychologist in training, currently completing a doctorate in Applied Child and Educational Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Prior to training to be an Educational Psychologist, Annie worked as Teaching Assistant supporting children and young people with special educational needs in mainstream school settings. Also, Annie completed a post graduate certificate in Social, Emotional and Behavioural difficulties. Annie has received training in therapeutic approaches including, solution focused, Emotion Coaching and Cognitive Behavioural approaches. Currently, as part of her doctorate, Annie is completing research in identity development in school-leavers with Down syndrome. In addition Annie has undertaken a project eliciting the voices of transgender young people to be able to offer schools advice for improving provision for young people questioning their gender identity. Annie led focus groups which resulted in the co-production of a resource for parents to support the Educational Health Care Needs Assessment process. Annie has previously trained Educational Psychologists at a regional level in Gender Identity. Annie is able to deliver training in Precision Teaching, Emotion Coaching, Down syndrome, meeting attachment needs in school settings and Gender Identity. 

Claire Jarvis - Trainee Educational Psychologist

Claire is an Educational Psychologist in Training, currently completing the third year of the Doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Bristol. Prior to starting the Doctorate, Claire worked as a Secondary and A-Level Mathematics Teacher in Redditch, and Mathematics Teaching Assistant at a school in Birmingham. Claire has also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Reading Development.

Claire has a particular interest in Social, Emotional and Mental Health. As part of the Doctoral Training, Claire is completing a thesis which looks at eliciting the views of children who have been excluded from mainstream school and are on roll at a Pupil Referral Unit. This aims to support schools in preventing the risk of exclusion for their pupils in the future.

Whilst working at Babcock, Claire has undertaken a project looking at the impact of Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) for Looked After Children in Pre-school settings. Claire led focus groups which resulted in the co-production of a resource for parents to support the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) process. Claire has delivered training on meeting attachment needs within schools and supporting Newly Arrived children and young people in schools.


Educational Pyschology Team Structure

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