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Ministerial approval for 150 new Educational Psychologists to be trained each year in England starting in 2016 and 2017

On March 26th we received the following information from Hilary Ellam (Educational Psychology Workforce Lead in the National College for Teaching and Leadership):

“The DfE has agreed to commission educational psychology training for two further intakes starting in 2016 and 2017, with an option for one in 2018.

In addition, for these cohorts, the number of funded training places will increase from 132 to 150, and the year one bursary rise from £14,400 ( £14,900 in London) to £15,950 (£16,390)

This we hope will meet the demand from employers for trainees on practice placements and indirectly go some way to helping build capacity in local educational psychology services as they implement the new SEN Reforms. The increase in the bursary is the first we believe since the doctorate began in 2006, and makes a contribution to the higher cost of living.

Since 2013 the number of funded ITEP places has increased by 25% , as the department continues to value and invest in the profession.”

The AEP is delighted with the news that continued funding for training has been secured for the next 6-7 years with another increase in the number of educational psychologists to be trained (an overall annual increase of 20 places since 2013) and an increase in the value of the bursaries paid to trainee EPs to cover their living costs during the first year of training.

AEP representatives have worked very closely with the NCTL, the DfE and the Minister Edward Timpson to make the case for training more educational psychologists and continued central funding to support that training.

Many thanks to all those employers who ensure that their EP vacancies are advertised with the AEP – data collected via the advertisements helps to provide some of the evidence of the demand for EPs across the UK, but particularly in England.

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