Emma Forshaw

Emma has over fifteen years of experience working with children and young people. She has a background working in Secondary Education, teaching A level Psychology in schools and colleges within Greater Manchester. As a teacher, Emma became increasingly interested in students’ mental health and wellbeing, particularly during their final years of compulsory schooling. In 2017 she embarked on a career change to pursue her interest in Educational Psychology, completing the MEd in Psychology of Education at the University of Manchester. Her dissertation focused on teachers’ capacity to support students’ mental health and wellbeing.

Since beginning the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at the University of Manchester in 2019, Emma has worked in a range of EP services across the North West. Her placement experience has been wide-ranging; supporting young people with a variety of special educational needs from Early Years to Post-16. Emma enjoys using a range of psychological approaches and techniques to support young people and the adults that know them best.

Emma’s doctoral thesis focuses on the experiences of GCSE students as they prepare for high-stakes exams. She is currently undertaking a Participatory Action Research project with Year 10 students at a Manchester secondary school with a focus on developing a whole-school approach to supporting the wellbeing of students preparing for GCSEs.