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Dear Cheryl, Claire and Jayne,

I would like to thank you very much for the lovely, lovely (personally and research-wise) time that I had this morning at The Studio and The Shop.

It was a fabulous experience in The Studio, to sit and work with J, T and R. I was particularly delighted to get J so chatty about what he enjoys and the positions of responsibility he holds at both The Studio and The Shop, and at home too. My gratitude to Jackie as well, who took the time to tell me about her views of the social impact of the students' experiences.

Thank you too, Claire and Jayne for your time discussing the evaluation (and for the notes you made for me beforehand), and for sharing the evidence of the extensive preparatory documentation that goes into making The Shop such an exemplary case study of the power of work experience for children with SEN. 

We look forward to the next steps of analysing the data and proceeding with the evaluation. As always, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. All good wishes to you and the extended team from Meanu and myself.

Kind regards,


Saneeya Qureshi, PhD

Researcher in Social Innovation and Impact

Institute for Social Innovation and Impact

The University of Northampton

Thornby 1b, Park Campus, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK