Emma Seith

Shortage of psychologists sparks national shake-up

New central education psychology service proposed to improve support for schools

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The education psychology service may be removed from local council control and turned into a national service, TESS can reveal.

The proposal has been put forward amid fears that training courses could fold because of a lack of demand, exacerbating an already desperate situation for schools seeking psychological support for students.

Applications to study educational psychology have plummeted since the Scottish government scrapped a bursary of £49,000 – paid over two years – in 2012 (see table, below). Scotland’s two training courses for educational psychologists are now in danger of closing ...

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