Wiesbaden / Frankfurt - A school psychologist in Hessen is mathematically responsible for 6,670 students. That emerges from the answer to small question from the left to the state parliament. According to the Ministry of Culture, there are currently 114 full-time positions for school psychology across Hesse. A few years ago, the childcare ratio was even worse: in 2016, according to the Ministry of Culture, school psychologist position was responsible for almost 18,000 students.
The work of school psychologists is to be reorganized in the future: They are to be integrated directly into the colleges at the schools - so it is in the coalition agreement of the Hessian government parties. How exactly this should look is still open. "Various models (...) are currently being developed and tested if necessary," replied the Left Ministry. This requires "sufficient time", concrete statements are therefore not yet possible.
The Education and Science Union ( ) considers the number of school psychologists to be far too few. The colleagues are "hopelessly overwhelmed", said the deputy state chairman Tony Schwarz. There are "just too few". It could well be twice as many to meet demand. After all, you should not only help students, but also support teachers who are under strain.
The GEW does not want to judge whether stronger integration of the school psychologists in the colleges could improve the situation. First, concept must be available, said Schwarz. In terms of numbers, however, it will be difficult, he pointed out. There are around 2,000 schools in Hesse, 15 to 20 schools per school psychologist.