UKRI-RSA Rethinking Public Dialogue pilot projects:
Enhancing the participation of young people with SEN/D in public dialogue about inclusion in school education: a citizen jury pilot.
This innovative pilot will focus on the inclusive engagement of young people (YP) with SEN/disabilities (SEND) in a Citizen Jury (CJ) process on the topic of a more inclusive school system. It will address how English schools could be designed to be more inclusive for children and young people with special educational needs SEND. This project will carry out what is believed to be the first citizen jury about improving the English school system.
This two phase project will enable the piloting of innovative methods that better enable young people with SEN/disabilities to participate effectively in public dialogue events alongside adults and YP without SEN/disabilities. Phase 1 is for YP with SEN/disabilities; phase 2 for YP with SEN/disabilities and without, parents/carers and teachers.
Overall aim for the project:
The overall aim is to organise, run and evaluate a public dialogue event – a citizen jury (CJ) – with the full participation of young people (YP) with SEN/disabilities. The CJ will address the question:
How to design the English school education system to be more inclusive for Children and Young People with SEN and disabilities by 2050?
The project will take place between Oct 2022 and June 2023.
The project team will consist of the two applicants (academics in special needs/inclusive education), experts in designing / facilitating public dialogue events and a specialist in SEN/disability; advised by an advisory group. The advisory group will include members of the Lead Group of the SEN Policy Research Forum and others who can contribute to advising the project.
Sortition Foundation, SEN Policy Research Forum
Brahm Norwich* and Rob Webster**
Universities of Exeter* and Portsmouth*
We will post more information and details as the project progresses.