Garry Squires


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Garry is a HCPC registered educational psychologist, formerly working for Staffordshire CSA and Deputy Chair of the Staffordshire CAMHS Research, Audit and Development group. He was part of the steering group that worked with the British Dyslexia Association to develop Dyslexia Friendly standards for local authorities and part of the reference group working with The Audit Commission to develop the Value for Money Toolkit for SEN.

Garry is currently acting as a consultant to the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education. He is actively invovled in the British Psychological Society, having been a member of accreditation teams for initial training of psychologists for the Psychological Society of Ireland and the British Psychological Society. He  was a member of the DECP working party for Delivering Psychological Therapies in Schools and Communities. He was the Chair of the National Award Committee for the EuroPsy qualification.

He is currently the Chair of nasen's Editorial Advisory Board that oversees JORSEN, BJSE and SfL. Garry is is part of the Education and Psychology research group at Manchester Institute of Education 



Membership of professional bodies

  • UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor 
  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society [FBPsS]
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the professional and practice-focused doctoral research Special Interest Group. This is a UK group of academics teaching on a range of professional doctorates.
  • Member of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence in Children. This is an international group and includes researchers and practitioners.
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council. This is required to work as an applied psychologist in the UK.
  • European Certificate in Psychology – Registered European Psychologist [EuroPsy]. This allows recognition of qualifications as an applied psychologist in most countries in Europe.
  • Former Chartered Scientist [CSci], (up to April 2018)
  • Member of the International School Psychology Association
  • Chartered Psychologist [CPsychol],
  • Member of the BPS Division of Educational and Child Psychology,
  • Former Member of BPS Special Interest groups (Qualitative Methods in Psychology section; Special Group in Coaching Psychology)
  • Former Member of the Association of Educational Psychologists
  • Former Chartered Biologist and Member of the Institute of Biology (1984-1997)



BEd(Hons), BSc(Hons), MSc, DEdPsy, Dip Psych, EuroPsy, CPsychol, FBPsS, FHEA

Research interests

Garry's interests are around special educational needs; mental health; inclusion; professional educational psychology practice; the use of data in educational systems; dyslexia; cognitive behavioural therapy; therapeutic approaches in education; and, evaluating school based interventions and programmes.


Current research:

  • Feb 2023-Dec 2023 Reducing Demand for Illicit Substances (Innovation Fund) for the Staying Safe Programme (drugs education for university students)
  • Jan 2022-Apr 2023 Well Schools. Youth Sports Trust
  • May 2018 - Sep 2023 The READY Study: Recording Emerging Adulthood in Deaf Youth. National Deaf Children's Society


Completed Research

  • Sep 2016 - Apr 2021 An Evaluation of Achievement for All Education Endowment Foundation
  • Jan 2018 - Dec 2020 Preventing School Failure European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education
  • Aug 2015-Dec 2017 Early School Leavers and learners with disabilities and/or Special Educational Needs. European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education
  • Sep 2015-Mar 2018 Evaluating FRIENDS Education Endowment Foundation
  • Sep 2014-Jul 2017 Evaluating 'The Good Behaviour Game' Education Endowment Foundation
  • July 2012-Dec 2015 A study of the experiences of students with Special Educational Needs at post-primary school. National Council for Special Education, Ireland
  • Mar 2012-Jul 2017 Evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) curriculum in promoting social and emotional wellbeing among children in primary school: a cluster randomised controlled trial National Institute for Health Research
  • May 2012 - May 2014 Identifying effective practice in the provision of education and education support services for 16 -19 year old deaf young people in Further Education in England. National Deaf Children's Society
  • Sep 2009 - Sep 2011 National Evaluation of Achievement for All. Department for Education
  • Sep 2010 - Sep 2011 Educational Psychologists and therapeutic intervention: Promoting positive mental health in schools
  • Sep 2005 - Jun 2006 A Review of the Functions and Contribution of Educational Psychologists in England and Wales in light of “Every Child Matters: Change for Children” Department of Education and Skills



Garry is currently teaching on the BSc Educational Psychology programme and leads on the neuropsychology module, "The Brain Goes to School" and the Current Issues in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities module. He also supervises research dissertations for this programme.


Previously, Garry was the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Psychology programme and  supervised doctorate students on the Doctoroate in Educational Psychology (DEdPsy), and Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsy). He has taught selected sessions on the  DEdChPsychol and DCounPsy programmes and led modules on the MEd in Educational Psychology programme.

Garry currently has an active group of PhD students who are researching aspects of special educational needs and inclusion, mostly aound issues related to dyslexia.

Garry has provided training to Educational Psychology services throughout England and Malta in cognitive behavioural therapy and in the assessment of dyslexia. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Chartered Educational Psychologist, Staffordshire LEA

1 Sept 199630 Sept 2010

Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force Reserve

13 Jan 198231 Dec 1997

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Cognitive behavioural psychology
  • L Education (General)
  • Special educational needs
  • Inclusion
  • Dyslexia


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