Posted: 28th May 2021
Author: Kieran Baker

SEND NEWSFLASH: Supported Internship; Autism Commissioning Workshop & Educational Psychology Workforce Survey

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500 more NHS supported internship opportunities for young adults with Education Health and Care Plans

DFN Project SEARCH have entered into a strategic partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, NHS Improvement and NHS Employers to set up 42 new funded supported internship programmes providing 500 placements in Hospital Trusts across England by September 2022. This is a great opportunity for young adults with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) to access these supported internship programmes with a clear goal of transitioning into work.

DFN Project SEARCH already partners with over 40 hospitals across the UK, 70% of these interns move into work and 60% secure full-time work. There is clear evidence that this transition to employment pathway works and creates a route to employment that is sustainable each year.

DFN Project SEARCH is committed to working in partnership with schools and FE colleges across the country to deliver this quality assured supported internship model and curriculum. They are looking for education partners who are keen to be involved and have at least 10-12 young people with EHCPs each year who would benefit from joining the programme. There are two options to attend an online seminar for those who would like to find out more. The dates are the 8 June from 10.00 AM – 11.00 AM or the 9 June 3.30 PM – 4.30 PM. To book on to either of the events please follow this link You can also contact or for further information.

Institute of Public Care Autism Commissioning Workshop: 15 June, 13:00 -15:00

 The aim of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for commissioners, service managers and education leaders across children’s and adults’ SEND services to discuss how commissioning models could help to improve outcomes and manage demand for services for children, young people and young adults with autism and/or learning disabilities. Sarah Broadhurst, Director at the Autism Education Trust, will be speaking alongside Clare Dodwell, Principal Consultant at The Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University and Tim Nicholls, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the National Autistic Society.

The event is free for IPC Members and AET Partners, £50+VAT for non-members. Members please email, non-members please book your tickets here:

For information only – the DfE is launching an England-wide survey of the Educational Psychology Workforce within local authorities

The educational psychology workforce is critical to identifying special educational needs and they have a mandatory role in the EHCP assessment process. Educational psychologists also provide essential wider support to children and young people in relation to mental health, personal, and social education.

The Department for Education is launching a survey which asks local authorities with an educational psychology service, about their educational psychology workforce and delivery models. This is a valuable opportunity to help shape national policy direction. We will use the feedback local authorities provide to better understand the educational psychology system, to inform future policy thinking and decision making. Participation is voluntary and we are inviting all educational psychology services within local authorities in England, via the National Association of Principle Educational Psychologists (NAPEP), to complete an online survey. The survey will open 28 May 2021 and close 2 July 2021.

The questionnaire focus is on the local authority educational psychology workforce and how this is structured, the type of delivery model that local authorities use, and how much time is spent delivering statutory work.