DEP: Year 1 – 3.4 Small Scale Research Project (SSRP) and Proposal (RESM 6012)

In Year 1 trainees utilise the research skills acquired in the core research methods modules to develop a project with practising Educational Psychologists (PSYC 8042). Through group-based projects, TEPs work with a local authority EP and a University supervisor to design the research, submit ethics, collect and analyse the data, and write a final project report submitted in September (4,000 words). 

Working in Groups

Trainees work in small groups of 3-4 to design the project, submit ethics, collect and analyse data, but are required to work independently to write up parts of the project. Specifically, the project abstract, method and results sections are written collaboratively, while the introduction/literature review and discussion sections are written individually.

Once trainees and LA and University supervisors are happy that the project can proceed as planned, trainees can submit an ethics application. Trainees are strongly advised to ensure that their supervisors in the local authority and the University are kept informed of steps along the way including regular updates, and discussion of any project changes required. The key to remember is these are collaborative projects set by the local authority, and an opportunity to conduct real-world practice informing research.

The SSRP write up (PSYC 8042) is marked using the standard Edpsych categories: Fail, Low Pass, Pass and Distinction. The assessment criteria and feedback sheet for the proposal and the project are in Appendix 4. The module coordinator is Dr Hanna Kovshoff ( and the SSRP supervision is shared between Hanna and Dr Cora Sargeant.