What a busy but successful week. After 6 weeks spent on making sure this research has rigorous ethical protocols it has finally been approved by the ethics committee (certificate of approval uploaded to Participant Documents). It has and is important for me to make sure that anybody involved in this research does not come to any harm, nor that any participant school and key informant can be identified. This lengthy ethical research and approval has led to a dedicated ethics chapter within my thesis, along with creating a dedicated ethical hand-out for perspective participants to highlight the lengths taken to maintain confidentiality and anonymity.

On another note, schools for participation in this research have now been selected around England. A total of 146 schools will be written to in the next 3 weeks asking if they would like to take part. Schools were selected using the EduBase database and Ofsted statistics. The careful selection of these schools took around 8 weeks. This was to make sure that schools could not be identified based on 3 criterion: region; type of school and religious affiliation or not.

Lots of admin over the next week.

Have a good weekend to you all.

Here we go

Hello all,

This is first blog post I have ever posted. I thought it would be useful for participants and schools involved in this project to have a central place to access information online. As once a teacher in a state-funded school in England I can understand the pressures of being a teacher and the can appreciate information being available at ease.

By visiting this blog, you will be able to find information on The Lost in Translation Project, the people involved, access documents (participants’ and schools’), make contact through a variety of ways, visit other links relating to this research project and of course read blogs relating to he progress of this study.

I will cut this blog short as I am currently working on gathering information for this website and working on documentation to send to schools. I will aim to add something every week. I do hope people using this blog find it useful.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Conor Prior for designing the graphics for this project. which you can see here.