Following the Education Secretary’s announcement late last year, to increase the presence of Education Psychologists, the Department of Education have presented their plans to support more young people with additional educational needs. This includes a multi-million pound fund that will ensure that over 600 Educational Psychologist trainees will receive a bursary grant for their first year of study and free tuition. It is hoped that this will increase the number of psychologists available for schools to use.

To ensure that every child can learn in the most efficient way, Educational Psychologists are essential when identifying special educational needs and contribute to the pupil’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). They will also provide support to families and teachers when creating a support strategy if the needs of a child are not being met.

Research shows that recruiting to fill Educational Psychologist positions is proving difficult for over two-thirds of councils surveyed in 2018. Offering free tuition for trainees will hopefully tackle pressures faced by schools and councils, provide a flow of new trainees to the workforce and vary the geographical spread of training available. Educational Psychologies create a conducive environment for young people who may fall behind by providing specialist advice and sometimes practical interventions.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi commented, “Every child deserves to be happy, healthy and have the best chance of fulfilling their potential. Educational Psychologists play an important role in making sure that this is no different for children with additional needs, by providing tailored support and helping families and teachers when there are challenges to overcome”.

“We said that we would train more Educational Psychologists to help meet increasing demand for their services – and today we are confirming funding over £30 million to make this happen. We are launching three new training rounds from 2020 which will see over 600 psychologists trained.”

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