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Participant Information Leaflet

Participant Information Leaflet
Some parents feel that their child is not being accessed for SEN and my research interest is why this is happening. The research will be based on how parents feel about this.

Study Title:

In the UK, some children are going under the radar in Education, when it comes to learning difficulties in the classroom.


Deb Miller 


You are invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide, you need to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. Please take the time to read the following information carefully. Talk to others about the study if you wish.

Please ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

Who is organising and funding the study? 

The investigator, Deb Miller, is organising this study as part of her MA Psychology and Education dissertation. It is not funded by an external body.

What is the study about?

The aim of this dissertation is to understand why some children are not assessed for learning difficulties, despite displaying behavioural problems and a lack of focus and understanding of work in the classroom.

My research project will examine parents’ experiences of believing that their child’s special needs have not been identified in school. This means that the child’s needs are not met in school. Instead there may be a misguided focus on behaviour issues rather learning needs.

My research questions are:

  • To what extent, if at all, are some children in England with learning difficulties not being assessed as such?
  • If this is happening, why is this?
  • What have parents’ experiences been with getting their children assessed for learning difficulties?
  • Once a child’s learning difficulties have been identified, do these parents feel their child should be taught in mainstream school or special school?
What would taking part involve? 

My research has two parts: a short online questionnaire and a follow-up e-mail. The first part is to fill in the short Survey Monkey questionnaire. At the end of that questionnaire I will ask if you are willing to share via e-mail more of your experiences of trying to get an assessment of your child’s learning difficulties. If you are willing, you fill in your e-mail address. I will then e-mail you with a set of questions prompting you to tell your story.

Do I have to take part?

No. Participation in this study is voluntary and choosing not to take part will not affect you in any way. You can also choose to withdraw your participation at any time, without giving a reason by contacting me.

What are the possible benefits of taking part in this study?

There is no direct benefit to individual participants, other than having your experiences contribute to understanding of this issue.

What are the possible disadvantages, side effects or risks, of taking part in this study?

I cannot see any disadvantages in my research

Expenses and payments

There is no payment for taking part in this study.

Will my taking part be kept confidential?

Yes. All participants’ responses will be kept confidential. All responses will be kept secure and the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations adhered to.

What will happen to the data collected about me?

As a publicly-funded organisation, the University of Warwick have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, such as this, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study.

Explain the process for ensuring participant confidentiality at all stages of the research:

Each participant’s consent will first be obtained through a written consent form. I will explain that the study is pseudonymous, i.e. the real names will not be use but I will give them fake names or code them by A, B, C and so on.

The information given will only be seen by my supervisor and myself. We will be using information from you in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. We are committed to protecting the rights of individuals in line with data protection legislation.

Where will the data be stored (including consent forms), and who will have access to the data? 

The information will be stored on my personal laptop with password protection, and it will be only me who can access the information. The laptop is also with me and it is never left unattended. 

For how long will the above data be kept and how and when will data then be destroyed?

The information I have collected will be securely destroyed once my research has been marked and I have received feedback on the dissertation.

For further information, please refer to the University of Warwick Research Privacy Notice which is available here: or by contacting the Information and Data Compliance Team at

What will happen if I don’t want to carry on being part of the study?

You can withdraw at any time without providing a reason by contacting me to let me know your desire to withdraw.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of this study will be used by the researcher as part of the MA Psychology and Education Dissertation.

Who has reviewed the study?

This study has been reviewed and given favourable opinion by the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick.

Who should I contact if I want further information?

Researcher – Deb Miller, email - D.A.Miller@warwick

Who should I contact if I wish to make a complaint?

Any complaint about the way you have been dealt with during the study or any possible harm you might have suffered will be addressed. Please address your complaint to the person below, who is a senior University of Warwick official entirely independent of this study:

Head of Research Governance
Research & Impact Services
University House
University of Warwick


Tel: 024 76 522746

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer, Anjeli Bajaj, Information and Data Director who will investigate the matter:

If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Thank you for taking the time to read this Participant Information Leaflet