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IER research project to inform the future arrangements for the training and supply of educational psychologists in England
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IER research project to inform the future arrangements for the training and supply of educational psychologists in England

 

As you know we have been lobbying the DfE and other organisations about the need for more EPs in the workforce and, therefore, for more EPs to be trained. 

The Department for Education (DfE) has now commissioned the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick to gather evidence on the distribution and demographic characteristics of the current educational psychologist (EP) workforce in England, with a particular focus on the Local Authority EP workforce. 

The aim of the research is to map any existing and projected EP shortages and issues related to recruitment and retention in the profession. This will allow the DfE to make robust, evidence-based decisions regarding any future reforms to the EP training provider commissioning model. The research team is expected to present a report to the DfE later in the autumn. 

The AEP is helping the research team as much as we can - they are collecting data and information from EPs through a range of methods, including

  1. A survey for EPs who have qualified within the past 5 years – more      information on that next week!
  2. A survey for PEPs which has been distributed via NAPEP – if you are a PEP and haven’t received the survey then please contact the Chair of NAPEP Liz Robinson  liz.robinson@portsmouthcc.gov.uk 

As part of the research the IER is also seeking a wide range of stakeholders who have an interest in the supply and availability of educational psychologists (EPs) to take part in online focus groups and possible telephone interviews. See link below:

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ier/research/educationalpsychology/focusgroups/ 

These focus groups are not specifically for EPs but intended for a wide range of other groups who have an interest in EPs. However, EPs are also invited to participate if they would like to do so. 

  1. Consider volunteering to take part in an online focus group
  2. Circulate the information and link as widely as possible within your schools, Local Authority Officers (Employers), parents and parents’ groups, other voluntary organisations, other professional groups etc and encourage them to participate in this research project. 

Please do what you can to encourage active participation in this research, enabling a wide range of EPs, their professional colleagues, schools, colleges, nurseries, parents, CYP and other groups to influence the research report which will inform the DfE’s plans for the initial training of EPs in the future then do please do sign up via the link above. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any further information. 

Many thanks 

Kate

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