Restructured Professional Training for Educational Psychology (England

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					     Restructured Professional Training
for Educational Psychology (England)
     Update for NAPEP Conference
         30th September 2003
              Jane Turner
      BPS Representative on Working Group
     Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist
             Luton Borough Council
EP Working Group (EPWG) stakeholders
and representatives
  DfES - Chair, analytical services, secretariat
  Local Government Association (LGA) rep +
  Employers Organisation (EO) rep + analysts
  Chief Education Officers (CEO)
  Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  Welsh Assembly - observer
psychologist representatives

 National Association of Principal
 Educational Psychologists (NAPEP),
 Association of Educational Psychologists
 (AEP), President
 Higher Education Institutions (HEI)and
 Course Directors’ Group
 Prof Irvine Gersch
psychologist representatives

  British Psychological Society (BPS)
  Division of Educational and Child
  Psychology (DECP) and DECP Training
  Committee, Chair DECP
History 1

  May 1997 - BPS set a date for ceasing to
  accredit one year EP training
  November 1998 - DfEE Working Party
  established to review role of EPS
  May 1999 - BPS agree to await DfEE
  report and undertake to draw up an
  action plan to implement restructured
  training within 6-12 months of its
History 2

 July 2000 - Working Party publish report
 Educational Psychology Services (England) : Role,
 Good Practice and Future Directions
  − EPWG (Training) established
 December 2000 - DfEE EPWG Consultation paper
 on Training
 May 2000 - Summary of responses to consultation on
 training, 3 regional conferences - 90%+ agreement to
 proposals for Initial Training (Psychology degree
 GBR + 3 years post graduate study), CPD and APL
History 3

  BPS / DECPTC working groups established to
  update curriculum, revise accreditation criteria,
  plan transition supported by BPS Quality
  Assurance Officer
  June 2002 - draft financial model presented to
  EP working group partners
  June 2002 - action plan approval MQB (BPS)
  to implement restructured training in
  September 2005
History 4

  Consultation on role of EPS (Wales)
  November 2002 EPWP partners agree to work
  towards September 2005, agree to external
  consultant project DfES funded and BPS
  attachment with small steering group
  December 2002, project proposal bids and
  external consultant appointed to advance
  implementation and draft case for funding for
  next spending round (by March 2003)
History 5

  February 2003 - Interim Report to project
  steering group
  April 2003 - meeting of EPWG accepts
  consultant’s reports and recommendations to
  go ahead with bid for next spending round in
  summer 2003
  July 2003 - consultation on draft revised core
  curriculum and accreditation criteria agreed by
  BPS DECP Training Committee
External Consultant – why?

  Dedicated time
  Knowledge of the issues and players
  Commissioned by DfES and attached to
  Tenders invited and 3 bids considered by
  steering group
External Consultant
Project Steering Group
  External consultant
Project Brief

  Short term project Jan - March 2003
  Focus on EPWG agreed arrangements
  Recognition that all stakeholders have
  other pressures
  DfES to fund - BPS attachment – small
  steering group
  Invitations to tender by 17th December,
  Three bids received
Aims and Objectives

 Liaison with key stakeholders
 Identify hard costs - firm up financial
 model to inform DfES bid for funding in
 summer spending round
 Timeline working to September 2005
 Align all elements
 Consider mechanics - e.g. placements,
 small LEAs
Aims and Objectives

 Plot progress for “typical trainee”
 Retain objective perspective
 Communication strategy for all

Recommendations for EPWG stakeholders
Recommendations - funding

 Guaranteed funding stream
 arrangements, to maintain supply of EPs
 150 funded places per annum
 Funding kept under review
 Develop new training pay-scale
 Parity with clinical psychologists
Recommendations - framework

 “Salaried” model for trainees
 Consideration of training agreements
 between HEIs and local authorities
 Development of training consortia
 around existing courses to manage “host”
Recommendations - placements

 Agreements with PEPs and HEIs
 regarding expectations and support for
 placements through consortia
 Model of support and supervision for the
 first year to be developed and agreed
 Costs of supervision part of EP
 professional process and balanced by
 value of work
Recommendations - other considerations

  Modular format across all courses
  Review constitution of EO EP steering
  Develop long-term strategy for work-
  force planning
  Maintain Clearing House to administer
  applications to courses
External Consultant -Next Steps

  Further consideration of support for
  EPiTs on placement in Services in the
  new scheme
   − identify placement issues
   − suggest possible solutions
  Develop plan for consortia arrangements
  Consider transitional arrangements
Role of BPS

 Maintenance of standards of education
 and training in psychology
  − accredits 700 undergraduate courses
  − accredits 100 postgraduate courses
 13 postgraduate courses in Educational
 Psychology visited on 5 year rolling
 programme by training committee, sets
 core curriculum
  − Board of Examiners
Quality Assurance

  Accreditation - protection of the public
  and users of services, trainees
   − QAA
   − Placement Learning - partnership of
     HEIs and Services, key role of PEPs
   − DECP Quality Standards for EPSs
Other considerations

  Statutory Regulation for applied
  psychologists under Health Professions
  Council - June 2004
  EU Compliance
  Transferability through accredited prior
  learning (APL)
  Continuing professional development
  (CPD) for existing EPs
APL, lateral transfer,CPD

  Teachers with GBR
  Overseas applicants wishing to practice
  in UK
  Other applied psychologists
  EPs wishing to extend update skills,
  knowledge, expertise
BPS DECP Action Plan

 Paper-based accreditation of academic
 component 2004 –2005
 Transitional Arrangements 2005-2007
 One day visits for placement component
 Last intake for one year Masters
 programmes 2006
 Resumption of Quinquennial Review
Parallel routes

  BPS Diploma for post-graduate Assistant
  Psychologists in-service training,
  supported by HEIs
  APL via modular courses, exemptions
  agreed by DECP BoE, to allow teachers,
  other applied psychologists or
  psychologists qualified overseas to
  study/update relevant areas of the
Services - placements

  PEPs via Chair NAPEP to consider models, ideas
  and issues raised by new scheme
   − London Universities Placement scheme
           training for placement supervisors
           co-ordination of placements rotated, 4
           establish links with services, research
   − Southampton “Field Tutor” model
           part-time appointment (0.1fte) to HEI to
           support early training activities in
           educational and other settings
PEPs - what next?

  Identify placement supervisors
  Join debate about regional consortia,
  links to HEIs
  Ensure service compliant with BPS
  quality standards (incorporated into
  accreditation criteria)
  Include commitment to professional
  training in job descriptions and service
PEPs - what next?

  “Hosting” arrangements
 Training agreements - model contracts
 Identify suitable placement
 opportunities, research projects
 Information for CEOs and relevant
All representative stakeholders on EPWG
   will need to agree with final proposals