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Minister announces increase in school psychologists

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:36pm

Students are set to have more psychological help on hand than ever this year, with new expansions set to mark a a 19 per cent increase in the last six years.

19 educational psychologists are to be recruited to work with schools around the country in the coming academic year, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton announced this week.

This expansion, which includes ten new posts, will bring the total number of psychologists working in schools to 194 whole time equivalent staff. This represents an eight per cent increase on the previous year’s numbers, and a 19 per cent increase on the number during the 2012/2013 school year.

Speaking about the announcement, Minister Bruton said: “Our education system plays a vital role in preparing our children and young people for the challenges they face, and in ensuring that they are equipped with the necessary skills to manage their personal wellbeing as they navigate their way through life.

“The Government is committed to supporting schools in carrying out this role. This increase in our National Educational Psychologists Service (NEPS) is a key part of a package of measures we have put in place to help schools, including the introduction of the Junior Cycle wellbeing programme, the restoration of guidance posts and the recent rollout of suicide prevention and critical incident management training for teachers.”

The expansion of psychologists fulfils one key aspect of Minister Bruton’s Action Plan for Education, which aims to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026.

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