The Association of Educational Psychologists is the trade union and professional association for Educational Psychologists in the United Kingdom.
Membership of the AEP is open to qualified educational psychologists who are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), trainee educational psychologists who are currently following an approved professional training course in educational psychology and Assistant Educational Psychologists who intend to undertake training to qualify as practitioner EPs. We also have affiliate members, who may have an interest or history within the profession.
The AEP has two offices, with its headquarters based in Durham, and a second base in London opened in 2019.
A brief history...
The AEP was founded in 1962, representing 300 members; at the time, this made up over 90% of the profession.
The organisation continued to grow, and was granted a Certificate of Independence by the Trades Union Certification Officer in 1989. After many years as an affiliate association of the National Union of Teachers, the AEP became an independent trade union in 1998. The General Secretary, currently Kate Fallon, works full time and is elected nationally every 4 years. As the demand for Educational Psychologists increases, the AEP continues to grow and now represents over 4,000 members, including trainee and assistant Educational Psychologists. The AEP is affiliated to both the Trade Unions Congress and the General Federation of Trade Unions.