Building on our online training programme for parents and school support staff: further development and evaluation of a programme targeting parents and support staff (MRes Scholarship)

Building on our online training programme for parents and school support staff: further development and evaluation of a programme targeting parents and support staff

Project ID: BUK2135
Annual Stipend: £11,470
Application Deadline: Monday October 16th.

We are seeking a well-qualified psychology graduate with a 1st or good 2.1 to take up a KESS 2 funded Masters by Research studentship as soon as possible.

The Project

The successful applicant will adapt two existing on-line programmes, one for parents and one for classroom support staff in the light of feedback from a parenting RCT and a pilot school-based programme for classroom support staff. The new version of the programme would then be tested with parents and school-based staff who are supporting the same child and the results, if outcomes are positive, will inform a power calculation for a bid for funding for a larger RCT trial.

Up to 20 parents of children with additional learning needs and their school-based support staff will be recruited. The study will be a pre-post intervention evaluation of programme impact on parent, child and school support staff.

The project has the support of the Welsh Government funded North Wales Regional Effectiveness Service (GWE). Dr Richard Watkins of GWE will be part of the project steering group and will take the lead on informing and recruiting school-based staff. The collaboration between the University and GWE is an important factor in ensuring that our project addresses an identified need for which at the present time there are few resources. Dr Watkins will facilitate the recruitment of schools to the project.

Project Supervisors

The project is supported by the Children’s Early Intervention Trust charity and the charity supervisor will be Dr Nia Griffith (Trustee).

School of Psychology supervision will be provided by Professor Judy Hutchings, and Dr Margiad Williams, Centre for Evidence Based Early intervention.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

How to apply

Send a covering letter and CV to Prof. Judy Hutchings  (j.hutchings@bangor.ac.uk ) and Dr Margiad Williams (margiad.williams@bangor.ac.uk), cc to Dr. Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 5pm, Monday 16th.  October.