This module looks at learning and development and the theoretical models that underpin these. By focusing on core areas of skills development (e.g. language, literacy, intelligence), and considering the role of the adult in reducing cognitive load and in mediating learning, the module ensures that you have a sound underpinning knowledge of typical child and adolescent development, as well as an understanding of how to intervene with children and young people to support learning and development. It runs alongside the Psychology in the Professional Practice 1 and Consultation, Assessment and Intervention 1 modules where the key knowledge and skills are put into practice in your field placements. Part way through the module you will select a topic on which to write a 4,000 word essay which considers this topic with regard to learning and development and explores the practical implications for educational psychologists.