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PhD Studentship - Equity and inclusion and children with special needs:co-designing services with families and educational providers

Population and Health Sciences Institute

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Prof J Law , Dr L Pennington No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

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Start date and duration:
September 2020 for 3 years full time.

Meeting the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEND) is a major issue for local authorities, which aim to provide effective and equitable services in schools. Many children with SEND have Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs), which define the additional educational and health resources they will receive to meet their needs. Parents and children play an important role in developing the EHCPs, but getting them right can be challenging for children with multiple education and health needs. Social inequalities in terms of aetiology and access can also influence EHCP development and implementation.
This study will investigate equality and inclusion in the development of EHCPs for children and young people with SEND attending school in the north-east of England. We anticipate that it will involve a comparison of different models of health and social care provision in schools, mapping the different ways that services for these children are organised across the region, using predetermined parameters, and examining parent and child satisfaction and participation. The goal of the project is to co-design an optimal framework for organising and delivering services that is responsive the needs of the child, the family and the practitioners around them.

Newcastle University. (

Name of supervisor(s):
Professor James Law ( and Dr Lindsay Pennington (

Eligibility Criteria:
The successful applicant will have, or expect to obtain an upper second class or above in psychology, sociology, education or a health discipline. A Masters degree (Merit or above) or research experience is desirable but not essential.

If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (at least 5.5 in all sub-skills) or equivalent language qualification.

Non-UK candidates should contact [Email Address Removed] regarding eligibility and fees.

How to apply:
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account. To do this please select ‘How to Apply’ and choose the ‘Apply now’ button (

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You should:

click on programme of study
insert 8300F in the programme code section and click search
select Programme name ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full time) – Health Services Research’
insert PH009 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship. Please quote reference code PH009 and state how your interests and experience relate to the proposed project
attach degree transcripts* and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification.

*You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted your degree transcript/s.

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses at UKRI rate. Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees. A research training support grant of £5000 per year is available to cover research costs and local/national/international travel (conferences and exchanges).

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