20th January 2012

Cuts to the training of educational psychologists in Scotland will damage the support available to vulnerable young people and work to address challenging behaviour amongst pupils. 

The EIS is calling on the Scottish Government to pull back from their plans to cut the funding of post-graduate professional training for educational psychologists.

Commenting on the plans to cut course funding, EIS Assistant Secretary Drew Morrice said, "Educational Psychologists play a vital role in right across Scotland, providing support to vulnerable young people and working with teachers in schools to address challenging behaviour within the pupil population.

"The decision to axe funding for the professional training of Educational Psychologists is short-sighted, and will have a serious impact on the future recruitment of quality professionals into the Educational Psychology Service.”

Mr Morrice has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Mike Russell, urging a rethink on the decision to cease funding for professional post-graduate training.

Mr Morrice added, "The EIS would urge the Scottish Government to think again on the funding of this vital professional training for Educational Psychologists.  We owe it to pupils across Scotland, particularly those young people from vulnerable or challenging backgrounds, to ensure that appropriate support is universally available from qualified Educational Psychologists where it is needed.

This is not an area where the Scottish Government can adopt a penny-pinching attitude, as taking a cost-cutting approach now will only create a far larger – and far more expensive – problem for Scotland in the future.”

A copy of Mr Morrice’s letter to Mike Russell can be read here.