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Education and Training Board

The Education and Training Board was established to promote excellence in psychology education and training so that students, academics and practitioners have access to high-quality education and training, now and in the future.

The Board supports the society in developing a strategy to enable delivery of an inclusive world class education and continuing professional development for psychologists and the wider psychological workforce of all disciplines, which are appropriate, inclusive, relevant, robust and of high quality.

It also supports the BPS in expanding its influence as the voice of education for psychologists and the wider psychological workforce within.

Our main responsibilities are to:

  • Promote the advancement and diffusion of psychological knowledge, especially via educational programmes and activities which help to enhance public understanding.
  • Promote academic, ethical and scientific rigour in the delivery of psychology education at all levels and for students in related disciplines.
  • Support activities that enhance the public understanding of psychology.
  • Develop and implement society policy in relation to psychology education, psychology teaching, teachers and students in all sectors.
  • Seek to influence national and international policies and organisations that affect psychology education and qualifications.
  • Support the development and dissemination of best practice and innovation in the provision of psychology education.
  • Liaise with other Boards to ensure harmonious application of internal and external policy in relation to psychology education and public engagement.
  • Promote the usefulness of psychological qualifications in psychology careers and non-psychology careers.
  • Work with education providers across all levels of learning to promote the discipline of psychology and develop quality education and training routes.
  • Work with employers to identify workforce need and develop innovative approaches to education and training solutions

We strive to make psychology accessible to all and aim to have a membership base that is representative of the diverse population within the UK and global communities.

We do this through fostering an inclusive culture, welcoming individual differences and committing to ensuring equality and diversity are embedded into all of our activities, for those engaging in the education and training of the psychological profession.

Standing Committees

The Education and Training Board supports activity and policy development in the areas of pre-tertiary education (A level, Scottish Higher, IB, etc.) and psychology undergraduate students via the Standing Committee on Pre-Tertiary Education (SCoPTE) and the Student Committee. These committees undertake specialist activities and provide specialist advice to the Board, whilst ensuring the sectors they represent have a formal voice within the society’s governance.

Lobbying and Liaison

The Board works with the society’s policy team in relation to psychology education externally, liaising with a range of appropriate bodies including the DfE, TDA, OFQUAL and awarding bodies, as well as governmental and non-governmental bodies within the devolved nations.

The Board connects with the other strategic Boards and is fully supportive of each of its respective agendas. It links with other relevant bodies to ensure psychology is represented in appropriate forums.

Our partners include the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments, Association for Teaching in Psychology, the Higher Education Academy, Campaign for Science & Engineering, the Royal Society, the British Academy, Academy for Social Sciences, the British Science Association and the Office for Students

Awards & Grants

To promote, encourage and reward outstanding achievements in psychology education and public engagement the Board administers a range of awards. Grant schemes are also offered to support the advancement of the Board’s objectives in relation to teaching and learning and public engagement.

If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact [email protected]

Date Time Location Deadline for Agenda Items

31January 2020

TBA London TBA
18 May 2020 TBA TBA TBA
06 November 2020 TBA TBA TBA
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