Scheme to implement more educational psychologists receives £31.6m in funding

The Department for Education’s plan to create more educational psychologist roles has been given a funding boost of £31.6m

£31.6m worth of funding will be poured into mental health and special needs support for school pupils, as the government announces that it aims to train more educational psychologists.

The Department for Education has outlined plans to support more young people with additional educational needs by launching a procurement scheme to bring on and train more educational psychologists.

The fund will see over 600 trainees receive free tuition and grants.

It follows the announcement by Damian Hinds, last December, to expand funding to increase the cohort of education psychologists from 160 to 206 each year.

Children and families minister, Nadhim Zahawi, said: “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 £30m to make this happen.

“We are launching three new training rounds from 2020 which will see over 600 psychologists trained.

“New research published today tells us that too many local authorities have struggled to fill vacancies for educational psychologists.

“This new funding for additional psychologists will mean many more children, their schools and their parents feel well supported to tackle what can often be complex difficulties.”

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