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The 2014 EPFT scheme provides government funding, in partnership with employers, for 120 trainee educational psychologists. It is a 5-year commitment, made up of a 3-year doctorate degree course followed by the newly qualified educational psychologist finding employment, in England, for 2 years.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is responsible for the EPFT scheme and hosting the online application process. The participating universities, in partnership with employers, are responsible for shortlisting, interviews and selection of the successful applicants. Employers also offer practice placements in years 2 and 3.
NCTL funds the cost of the course fees to a maximum of £29,000 and a tax free year 1 bursary, paid directly by the university.
The bursary is:
Employers pay either a bursary or salary while the trainee is on practice placement in years 2 and 3.
The EPFT application process, for places starting in September 2014, opens at midday on 1 October 2013.
It is free to apply and the closing date for applications is 5pm (UK time) on 13 December 2013. However, completed references must be submitted by 5pm on 6 December 2013. We will not accept late applications. Successful applicants will be notified by 5pm on 4 April 2014.
To be eligible to apply for an EPFT scheme place, you must meet the following requirements.
Anyone interested in applying to the EPFT scheme should first read the:
These documents provide a comprehensive guide to the application process and completing the application form.
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Referee guidance notes for 2014 application process
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Applicant handbook for 2014 application process
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