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This section is for you and your children!

We will be reporting news of our research programme and seeking your views.

What is the Better Communication Research Programme? 

The Better Communication Research Programme was part of the government's response to the Bercow Review of provision for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs, published July 2008.

The government published its response Better Communication, the speech language and communications needs (SLCN) action plan in December 2008, which committed to a series of initiatives to improve services for children and young people with SLCN culminating in the National Year of Speech, Language and Communication in 2011.

We carried out a number of projects and produced reports to the government of our findings. We have also made summaries of the programme for parents.

Julie Dockrell describes the Better Communication Research Programme on YouTube - What is the BCRP?

Who are we?

Geoff Lindsay, Julie Dockrell, James Law and Sue Roulstone led the BCRP. We are all very experienced researchers and are also qualified practitioners, as teachers and educational psychologists or speech and language therapists. We have also described the research in a special issue of the Afasic Abstract. (PDF Document)

Specialist expertise was provided by Anna Vignoles and Jenni Beecham who are economists; Steve Strand specialises in analysis of national dataset and Tony Charman is a specialist in autism.

We also had a large team of researchers and other senior researchers carrying out the different research projects. See staff for name details.


 Latest Newsletter - Newsletter 2 2011(PDF Document)

Newsletter 1 2010


Prospective Study 

 Children's Views - We asked children with SLCN about their lives, what’s important to them and their goals for the future (Word Document)children