We have today launched the AEP’s manifesto for the General Election which can be accessed here – please also see press release below which emphasises our three main asks regards inclusive schooling, recognition of Educational Psychologists’ key role and the need to increase the number of EPs in employment.
Although I’m sure that you won’t be short of issues to raise with and questions to ask of your Parliamentary candidates when you meet with them over the next few weeks please do bring the AEP manifesto to their attention and seek a response to the actions being called for in the next Parliament.
It will be particularly useful if you will let us know if you receive a positive response from candidates who are subsequently elected as MPs on June 8th because we can then follow up their interest and seek meetings with them over the summer to gain support for any further related campaigns.
ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE URGENT ACTION TO IMPROVE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S MENTAL HEALTH
The Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP), the professional body and trade union that represents educational psychologists working with schools across the country, has today launched its general election manifesto urging the next Government to take three specific actions to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Noting that all the main political parties are committed to better mental health and wellbeing services for children, the AEP has written to political party leaders outlining the policies that are critical delivering this aim. It is calling on the next Government to:
- Understand the critical importance of inclusive schooling for all children and reject greater selection and segregation in the education system including more grammar schools.
- Recognise the key role of Educational Psychologists not only in supporting those children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities but also all those with mental health and wellbeing needs.
- Address as a matter of urgency the workforce and schools’ funding agenda including by increasing the number of Educational Psychologists in employment.
AEP General Secretary, Kate Fallon said:
“We are pleased that in the run-up to the general election politicians are recognising the importance of improving children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. It is vital that these pledges are turned into action when the next Government is elected on 8th June. To this end, we are calling on the next Government to take immediate action to prioritise inclusive schooling and reject more selection and segregation which would inevitably come with more grammar schools.”
“Support for children on mental health issues requires early intervention and high quality support from, amongst others, Educational Psychologists. The key role of Educational Psychologists in supporting all children and young people should be more widely recognised and, as there are simply not enough of them at the moment to meet demand from pupils and schools, the Association is also calling on all parties to commit to increase the number of educational psychologists in employment.”
PLEASE FIND THE MANIFESTO ATTACHED FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW WITH KATE FALLON PLEASE CONTACT CHARLIE WELLS ON 0207 592 9592