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Reports and Publications


The 19 final reports from the BCRP were published by the Department for Education on 27th December 2012. The DfE has set up a dedicated BCRP page from which all reports, including the four previous reports can be accessed:

We have produced:

  • Main Report which provides an overview and recommendations from the whole programme
  • Thematic Reports which address four specific issues, drawing on research from different projects, and
  • Technical Reports which provide the full details of the 10 research studies
  • Two previously published Interim Reports.


Previous reports

Also a available on the DfE web link all three previously published reports.

We published two interim reports, in 2010 and 2011 respectively, which summarised the earlier stages of the BCRP. These contain two types of content:

  • the early stages of developing studies which were reported finally as tehnical reports
  • smaller scale studies which were reported in full

BCRP 2nd Interim Report (PDF Document)

BCRP 1st Interim Report (PDF Document)

In Nov 2011 the DfE published one of our project reports. Early publication (rather than with the full body of final reports) was driven by government initiatives to review the Early Years Foundation Stage, in particular the review by Dame Clare Tickell. Led by Professor Maggie Snowling, this study provided important findings to contribute to the review:

Language and Literacy Attainment of Pupils during Early Years and through KS2: Does teacher assessment at five provide a valid measure of children’s current and future educational attainments? DFE-RR172a. London: DfE. (PDF Document)

In June 2010 we published the first stage of a study led by Anna Vignoles. This was not published by DfE as the work was preparatory to the main study. We are, however, making this available through our own website: An investigation of pupils with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) (PDF Document)


We now have a number of papers published with others in preparation:

Charman, T., Ricketts, J., Lindsay, G., Dockrell, J. E., Palikara, O. (2014). Emotional and behavioural problems in children with language impairments and children with autism spectrum disorders. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. Article first published online: 17 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984.12116

Lindsay, G. & Dockrell, J. (2014). Evidence based policy and practice: The Better Communication Research Programme. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs , 14(3), 210-214. DOI: 10.1111/1471-3802.12070_7

Dockrell, J., Lindsay, G., Law, J., & Roulstone, S. (2014). Supporting children with speech language and communication needs: an overview of the results of the Better Communication Research Programme, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. Article first published online: 24 JUN 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984.12089’

Lindsay, G. & Dockrell, J. (2014). Evidence based policy and practice: The Better Communication Research Programme. pp. 37-46 in B. Norwich (Ed) Research in special needs and inclusive education: the interface with policy and practice. SEN Policy Research Forum: Policy Paper 30, March 2014. (PDF Document)

Dockrell, J., Ricketts, J., Charman, T., & Lindsay, G. (2014) Exploring writing products in students with language impairments and autism spectrum disorders. Learning and Instruction. 32, 81-90.

Roulstone, S., Wren, Y., Bakopoulou, I., & Lindsay, G. (2012). Interventions for children with speech, language and communication needs: An exploration of current practice. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 28(3), 325-341. doi: 10.1177/0265659012456385.

Zeng, B., Law, J. & Lindsay, G. (2012). Characterising optimal intervention intensity: The relationship between dosage and effect size in interventions for children with developmental speech and language difficulties. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 14(5), 471-477. doi: 10.3109/17549507.2012.720281.

Beecham, J., Law, J., Zeng, B. & Lindsay, G. (2012). Costing children’s speech, language and communication interventions. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 47, 477-486

Law, J., Zeng, B., Lindsay, G., & Beecham, J. (2012). The cost-effectiveness of interventions for children with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN): A review using the Drummond and Jefferson (1996) “Referee’s Checklist”. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 47(1),1-10. DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-6984.2011.00084.x.