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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-03514: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 5 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will consider reinstating the bursary for studying for an MSc in educational psychology, in light of the reported reduction in the number of applicants since it was removed in 2012.

Answered by: John Swinney 25 October 2016

Scottish Government funding for educational psychology students was introduced at a time when there was a significant shortage in the supply of educational psychologists compared to demand.

We are working with the National Scottish Steering Group for Educational Psychologists to take action, including exploring training provision, to ensure a sustainable and regular supply of educational psychologists to meet future needs.