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On this page you'll find information about how you can get involved with different projects and surveys in Shropshire.

ESRC Project – Autonomy, Rights and Children with Special Educational Needs

Dear parents/carers/young people,

We've been approached by the University of Manchester to support a research project that it's undertaking in partnership with the University of Edinburgh. The project aims to find out how children and young people with special educational needs are able to participate in decisions about their education. This will enable researchers to develop their understanding about what's working well and identify any difficulties faced by children, young people and their families. The project leads hope that by sharing your experiences it will enable others to understand how best to support children and young people to participate in decision-making about their lives.

We recognise the importance of participation, and are therefore keen to support this project. We'll benefit directly from the research by gaining a clearer understanding of the barriers to participation at a local level so that we can continue to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

Would you like to participate? All participation is voluntary, all data collected during the course of the project will remain confidential and the names of participants will only be known to project team members. You can change your mind about taking part at any time.

Find out more from the project website, or you can email Professor Neville Harris or Dr Gail Davidge at

Please take a look at these documents for more information:

If you're interested in taking part in the project please complete the consent form and return it to Gemma Breckell, SEN Development Officer, SEN Team, Shropshire Council, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND. Alternatively if you don’t have the facility to print please email and we can arrange to post you out a consent form and free post return envelope.

Thank you in anticipation of your support with this important work.

The Humanly Report

Dear families and colleagues,

Engaging with children and young people is an essential part of supporting families, and developing services for families and young people in Shropshire. This applies equally to children and young people with special educational needs and / or a disability (SEND).

In 2017 we commissioned a company called Humanly to help us improve the way we engage with children and young people with SEND and their families.

We want to thank everyone who supported Jenni and Ali from Humanly with their work. This work has now been completed and we’ve learned a lot from it.

We learned that:

  • There's a lot of good practice already happening in Shropshire
  • There are more things that we can do to improve this  

Take a look at the full report.

Jenni and Ali suggest that we build on what's working well and that we support services which need to improve. They've suggested three bespoke models and a number of tools, described on page 35 of their report.

We want to encourage schools, colleges and services to develop meaningful engagement opportunities, to recommend that services are clear about the aims of any engagement activity, and then choose the model and tools which work best for that activity. There's no right or wrong way; if one tool doesn’t work, then just try another one.  

We're considering how best to promote this way of working and how to support services who need help to get started.

We’ll publish more information on this page in due course.