University of East London
Cass School of Education and Communities
London E15 4LZ
University Research Ethics Committee
If you have any queries regarding the conduct of the program in which you are being asked to participate, please contact:
Catherine Fieulleteau, Ethics Integrity Manager, Graduate School, EB 1.43
University of East London, Docklands Campus, London E16 2RD
(Telephone: 020 8223 6683, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Director of Studies
Dr Sharon Cahill
Cass school of Education and Communities
London E15 4LZ
Consent to Participate in a Research Study
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with the information that you need to consider in deciding whether to participate in this study.
An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the experiences of children with Dyspraxia in UK secondary schools
The aim of my research is to find out what the experiences of secondary school aged children with Dyspraxia are in the UK. In order to do this, I hope to speak with children with Dyspraxia who are aged between 11 and 17 years old about their everyday experiences in school and how they feel their Dyspraxia affects them. As little is known about how a child experiences their Dyspraxia, and even less is known about how they experience school, it is hoped that this project will contribute new knowledge about how it is for children in the UK who have Dyspraxia. Often children are not asked how things are for them, and this is especially true for those with Dyspraxia, therefore hopefully your child will find it beneficial to be able to express their experiences fully. The methods I will use to facilitate discussions with the children in this study include using drawings and photographs produced by the children to help them describe their experiences and what is important to them as well as ‘wikis’ which are an easy to use software platform enabling children to create and produce their own content which can be used as a way of exploring the issues regarding their experiences.
Confidentiality of the Data
So that I can remember clearly and accurately what your child says I would like to record the interviews, I will do this by recording with an audio recorder. These recordings will only be heard by myself and once the project is complete they will be destroyed.
The wikis will be password protected and only accessible by your child and yourself and myself as the researcher. Any drawings or photographs will be given an identifier number so that they can be anonymized.
Anything your child says in the interviews will remain confidential and will be anonymized when I am writing up the findings so that all names and identifying features will be changed in order that your child can not be identified. However due to the small numbers of participants in this study it may be possible that you as parents may recognize some of your child’s information. Should your child disclose anything of a serious nature which I feel puts them or others at risk, I will discuss this with them and discuss the need to inform the appropriate adults in order that their safety remains.
If any drawings or photographs are to be used as data, I will ask your child and yourself to sign a separate consent form for each drawing or photograph authorizing their use as data, otherwise they will only be used to facilitate discussions.
The data will be securely stored and kept for the standard 5 years after which time it will be destroyed.
A location of your child’s choice
Your child is not obliged to take part in this study, and is free to withdraw at any time during the project. They may also withdraw their data at any point up until the point of analysis, at which point it will be impossible to disentangle their data from that of other participants). Should your child choose to withdraw from the program they may do so without disadvantage to themselves and without any obligation to give a reason.