Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

Traditional, Inclusive, Supportive

University of East Anglia request to Parents and Carers

To parents and carers in Years 8 and 9,

We have a strong relationship with the University of East Anglia and believe in the importance of educational research. Every year researchers from the university contact us regarding their work. Please carefully read their letter below and contact me if you would like your child to not take part on by Tuesday 3rd May. Having worked with the university for several years I am confident that the well-being of the students is taken into consideration when creating the questionnaire but will fully respect any reservations you as parents have. Students will not miss any lesson time if they take part.

Dear parent/carer

We are researchers at the University of East Anglia and are working with local schools including your child's school (Dereham Neatherd High School) on our study looking at what children do to make themselves feel safe and how they react after frightening events. We feel this is an important area of research to further our understanding and develop interventions for young people's wellbeing.

We would like to invite your child/children to take part in our questionnaire based study which is taking place for pupils in years 8 and 9at your child’s school on Friday 6th May 2016 during form time. The questionnaires will take around 20 minutes to complete. Responses from children who may and may not have experienced a frightening event are equally important.

Please find attached an information sheet with full details of the study along with an opt-out consent form for your child's participation which we encourage you to read carefully.

In order to make it easier for children to participate in the study, we are e-mailing parents/carers to inform them about this study. If you would not like your child to participate in the study, then please would you email Mr O'Brien (safeguarding lead) indicating your wishes by Tuesday 3rd May. If you are happy for your child to participate in this study, then you do not have to return the slip or make contact. If we do not hear from you we will assume that you are happy for your child to participate. Participation is completely voluntary and in addition to your consent we will also only include your child in our study if they provide their consent to do so on the day.

If you have any questions or would like some more information, please contact Jade Claxton or Alice Aberici on 07538399761 or email

Thank you for your time.

Jade Claxton

Alice Alberici

Dr Richard Meiser-Stedman