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Educational Psychology: Manpower

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many full-time equivalent educational psychologists each children's services local authority in England employed at the latest date for which a figure is available; (200520)

(2) how many children and young people aged under 20 years old there are per educational psychologist in each children's services local authority in England at the latest date for which figures are available;

(3) if he will consider issuing guidance to children's services in local authorities in England on the number of educational psychologists who should be employed in each local authority; and if he will make a statement on ensuring an adequate supply of qualified educational psychologists.

The following table provides the full-time equivalent number of educational psychologists (EPs) and the number of children per EP employed in local authority maintained schools in each local authority in England in January 2007.

Some local authorities may purchase EP services from other authorities and therefore do not show any EPs in service.

EPs are a key means of supporting some of our most vulnerable children and young people. They play an important role both in assessing individual children's special educational needs and in helping schools to address those needs and behavioural, emotional and social issues.

EPs are employed by local authorities, and it is for those authorities to determine how many to employ in the light of their assessment of local needs and available resources.

It is clearly important that there should be a secure supply of trained EPs to match predicted vacancies. We have asked the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) to act as an intermediary body to oversee subscription arrangements for local authority funding of EP entry training, which replace the previous topslice funding. The CWDC has written to local authorities requesting subscriptions to the 2008 entry training fund, and my noble Friend the Lord Adoins, the Under-Secretary of State responsible for schools and learners, has also written to local authority chief executive officers and directors of children's services emphasising the importance of authorities’ supporting training arrangements.

Full-time equivalent educational psychologists employed in each local authority in England, January 2007

FTE educational psychologists

Number of children per educational psychologists1

City of London

2

2

Camden

14

3,180

Greenwich

16

3,710

Hackney

15

3,700

Hammersmith and Fulham

11

3,190

Islington

14

2,840

Kensington and Chelsea

6

5,590

Lambeth

15

3,930

Lewisham

11

5,680

Southwark

17

3,660

Tower Hamlets

15

3,630

Wandsworth

12

4,220

City of Westminster

9

4,470

Barking and Dagenham

14

3,410

Barnet

14

5,840

Bexley

10

5,910

Brent

13

4,850

Bromley

13

5,630

Croydon

14

6,340

Ealing

18

4,010

Enfield

18

4,070

Haringey

13

4,310

Harrow

10

5,380

Havering

10

5,630

Hillingdon

10

6,310

Hounslow

12

4,340

Kingston upon Thames

11

3,380

Merton

10

4,410

Newham

12

5,930

Redbridge

10

6,440

Richmond upon Thames

5

8,230

Sutton

8

5,670

Waltham Forest

12

4,820

Birmingham

47

6,070

Coventry

13

6,190

Dudley

11

6,890

Sandwell

15

5,000

Solihull

12

4,400

Walsall

12

5,610

Wolverhampton

21

2,900

Knowsley

7

5,800

Liverpool

15

7,000

St. Helens

9

5,180

Sefton

14

4,880

Wirral

13

6,100

Bolton

10

7,210

Bury

8

6,220

Manchester

20

5,620

Oldham

10

6,250

Rochdale

8

7,010

Salford

13

4,200

Stockport

15

4,700

Tameside

12

4,440

Trafford

9

6,110

Wigan

12

6,150

Barnsley

2

2

Doncaster

9

8,520

Rotherham

8

7,650

Sheffield

19

6,740

Bradford

17

8,080

Calderdale

6

8,010

Kirklees

26

4,110

Leeds

29

6,160

Wakefield

12

6,680

Gateshead

11

4,170

Newcastle upon Tyne

12

5,370

North Tyneside

10

4,630

South Tyneside

15

2,460

Sunderland

10

6,480

Isles of Scilly

2

2

Bath and North East Somerset

2

2

City of Bristol

26

3,610

North Somerset

8

5,860

South Gloucestershire

13

5,020

Hartlepool

5

4,760

Middlesbrough

6

6,230

Redcar and Cleveland

6

5,710

Stockton-on-Tees

9

5,290

City of Kingston Upon Hull

12

5,300

East Riding of Yorkshire

22

3,490

North East Lincolnshire

8

4,910

North Lincolnshire

7

5,490

North Yorkshire

16

8,750

York

7

5,790

Bedfordshire

15

6,780

Luton

7

7,080

Buckinghamshire

24

5,220

Milton Keynes

13

4,550

Derbyshire

27

6,630

City of Derby

12

4,800

Dorset

17

5,300

Poole

7

4,860

Bournemouth

9

3,940

Durham

24

4,870

Darlington

5

5,000

East Sussex

18

6,490

Brighton and Hove

8

6,600

Hampshire

52

5,960

Portsmouth

7

6,670

Southampton

14

3,730

Leicestershire

22

7,040

Leicester City

24

3,310

Rutland

2

2

Staffordshire

31

6,290

Stoke on Trent

13

4,500

Wiltshire

24

4,740

Swindon

9

4,960

Bracknell Forest

5

6,460

Windsor and Maidenhead

8

4,660

West Berkshire

9

4,320

Reading

5

6,270

Slough

9

3,430

Wokingham

7

5,750

Cambridgeshire

19

7,500

Peterborough

8

5,350

Cheshire

24

6,920

Halton

6

5,210

Warrington

9

5,310

Devon

35

4,710

Plymouth

2

2

Torbay

2

2

Essex

45

7,340

Southend on Sea

7

5,510

Thurrock

6

6,590

Herefordshire

8

4,960

Worcestershire

28

4,600

Kent

47

7,280

Medway

9

7,880

Lancashire

45

6,410

Blackburn with Darwen

12

3,690

Blackpool

6

6,130

Nottinghamshire

26

6,920

Nottingham

14

4,910

Shropshire

2

2

Telford and Wrekin

16

2,790

Cornwall

21

5,730

Cumbria

20

5,640

Gloucestershire

22

6,300

Hertfordshire

42

6,430

Isle of Wight

5

6,110

Lincolnshire

21

7,390

Norfolk

26

7,130

Northamptonshire

28

6,000

Northumberland

14

5,180

Oxfordshire

25

6,180

Somerset

29

4,340

Suffolk

20

8,550

Surrey

41

6,420

Warwickshire

22

5,580

West Sussex

2,180

5,660

England

2,180

5,660

1 Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 2 Fewer than 5. Note: Barnsley, Isle of Scilly, Bath and North East Somerset, Rutland, Plymouth and Shropshire do not directly employ educational psychologists therefore no ratio is available for these authorities. Source: The annual survey of Teachers in Service and Teacher Vacancies, 618g. DCSF estimates (number of children).