The recruitment process has been an incredibly long and complicated journey, and for the right reasons. The ‘live ethics’ approach of this research (an emergent approach where the research ethics constantly evolves and is re-evaluated) has certainly guided which schools should be approached and asked whether they would like to take part in this project.
After carefully selecting and writing letters to around 300 state-funded secodnary schools in England to take part in this project, I quickly started to receive positive replies and interest. Those schools who have shown interest have now been sent particpant information packs along with consent forms. I look forward to visiting them for a pre-visit.
We are still recruiting members from parts of England, specifically, London, North West and South West of England.
I will be ethically assessing another 300 schools to maximise recruitment and to have a fair representation across England in the next 4 weeks.