Funded PhD opportunities at Derby – Investigating the Experiences of Young People with Special Educational Needs who have Applied for but been Refused an Education, Health and Care Plan

The University of Derby is offering a range of fees-only bursaries for PhDs.

I am involved in supervising a proposed project on Investigating the Experiences of Young People with Special Educational Needs who have Applied for but been Refused an Education, Health and Care Plan.

project will look at the implementation of Education, Health and Care Plans for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. In particular this research will investigate the extent to which young people, who fall just short of the inclusion criteria for an EHC plan, are experiencing these outcomes.

It is imagined as a grounded, qualitative study that investigates, in rich detail, the experiences and trajectories of this group. It will also attempt to explain these experiences with reference to policy and provision. The study will focus on the age group 14-19 and its core questions are:

  • What is the experience of young people who have applied for but been refused an EHC Plan in the areas of education, health, social care and transition into adulthood?
  • To what extent does universal provision modelled around a ‘graduated response’ meet their needs and deliver positive outcomes?
  • How is policy implicated in the experiences of individuals provided for through ‘SEN Support without an EHC Plan’?

The supervisory team will comprise of and Dr Deborah Robinson who has expertise in the area of SEN provision and reform (Director of Study) and Professor Tristram Hooley who has expertise in the areas of career guidance and transition planning (second supervisor).

I’d be happy to speak to anyone who is interested in applying for this position.

Further details are available at http://www.derby.ac.uk/research/degrees/apply/studentship-opportunity/education/

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