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UEA to boost number of Educational Psychologists in the region

The emotional and social wellbeing of children in the east of England is set to be better supported, thanks to 10 new funded Doctorates in Educational Psychology, now open for applications at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

“There’s a significant shortage of educational psychologists in the region and a growing demand for their services,” said Dr Nick Hammond, course director in UEA’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning.

“Currently only 12 universities in England offer the three-year post-graduate doctorate that UEA has just been registered to provide by the Department for Education (DfE). Ours is the first new registration for several years, so this is great news for the region as well as a reflection of UEA’s high standards of expertise and exceptional reputation.”

Educational psychologists work chiefly in the public sector, usually in local authority Children’s Services. Their role is to support children and young people from birth to 25, to optimise learning outcomes and support social and emotional development and wellbeing, in consultation with parents, carers and other people involved in their care and education.

“It’s a relatively small profession, with around 2,500 practitioners across the country,” said Nick. “The DfE funds 150 places, so a further 10 here at UEA is a significant addition. Our course mixes research excellence with practice-led learning, meaning that students will be working in the community from the beginning utilising the most current and cutting-edge evidence-base available.”

Prof Richard Andrews, head of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “We’re really excited to offer this course, particularly as we’ll be working with a number of partners to deliver it, including Principal Educational Psychologists across the region.”

Open afternoon

UEA is holding an open afternoon for prospective students:

  • Friday 27 October
  • 1-3pm
  • Earlham Hall, Norwich

Further details and information about the course are available on UEA’s website.

Applications are now open for the 2018 intake – for more information on entry requirements and to apply for a funded place, visit www.aep.org.uk/training

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