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Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) Stage 2 – Consultation on changes

10 September 2019

Changes are required to the current Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) Stage 2 (QEP(S)) with the introduction of funding in partnership approach from the Scottish Government, COSLA and local authorities in a 3 year funded model.

These changes are:

  • Scottish Government and Scottish local authorities will contribute to the funding which will be administered through the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
  • Candidates complete a three year training programme
  • The funding approach means that the tuition and examination fees are paid and the candidates will be awarded a bursary for all three years of the programme.

To ensure that the Qualification meets the requirements for the new training model the following proposals have been made.

Proposal for QEP(S) 2020

Below are the proposed changes to the QEP(S)

It is proposed to revise the timescales of the QEP(S) and the process of submission and assessment in order that candidates can complete the process within the 1 year of the bursary funding.

  1. Candidates have conditional enrolment on the QEP(S) 2020 for a period of up to 6 months to ensure that they can enter a part 2 training placement, while results and qualifications from the University are being ratified.

    This will allow supervised practice to be credited during the period of conditional enrolment.

  2. Candidates will submit their evidence of competence in two portfolios over the 12 month period of supervised practice:

    Portfolio 1 - submitted at the 9 month point from the start of the year of accredited supervised practice.

    Portfolio 2 – submitted at the 12 month point of supervised practice in the accredited service

  3. All candidates will be required to complete a year of supervised practice (220 days) in an accredited local authority Educational Psychology Service. This is not changing. It is proposed to specify the quantity of time in the form of days to make this easier for trainees to ensure they meet the minimum standards. This consists of:

    a. 1232 hours of supervised practice in applied educational psychology (80%).

    b. 308 hours of professional learning including the completion of the portfolios (20%).

How to take part in the consultation:

The stakeholder consultation meeting takes place on Thursday 12th September 2019 in Edinburgh.

After this meeting the online consultation will become available for completion.

The full consultation document that details the changes and proposal for the revised qualification can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please read this document and then follow the link to complete the consultation survey on the changes proposed.

The Educational Psychology (Scotland) Qualification Board, along with the BPS Qualification Team, will also be attending and hosting a session at the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology Conference on in Glasgow on the 4th of October.

This will be offer an opportunity to ask questions about the consultation and changes being proposed.

The closing date for the consultation is 25th October 2019.

The outcomes of the consultation and changes to the Qualification in Educational Psychology will be communicated to all stakeholders.

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected] or via phone on 0116 252 9505


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