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Educational Psychology

Question for Department for Education

UIN 223021, tabled on 3 February 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many registered educational psychologists are (a) employed by her Department and (b) working in schools in each of the last five years.

Answered on

11 February 2015

The Department for Education does not employ any educational psychologists or keep a record of the number working in schools. Educational psychologists are traditionally employed by local authority educational psychology services. In 2013 the Department invested an additional £6.194 million, to increase the number of training places by 10% (from 120 to 132 intakes in 2014 and 2015). Between 2009- 2013 we commissioned an annual survey of these services[1]. The workforce survey noted a growing trend for educational psychology services to be directly commissioned by schools. The below table shows the number of registered educational psychologists working in local authority educational psychology services responding to the surveys.

Table 1. Educational psychologists working in local authority services 2009-2013

Year

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Number of local authorities responses

125

101

103

126

112

Number of Educational Psychologists employed.

1,875

1,629

1,638

1,955

1,799

[1] The first three surveys were unpublished. The 2012 and 2013 were published by the Children’s Workforce Development Council (2013) Educational Psychology Workforce Survey 2012 and Department for Education (2014) Educational Psychology Workforce Survey 2013. Research Report https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/educational-psychology-workforce-survey-results-2013