Better Communication Research Programme: 2nd Interim Report


Lindsay, G., Dockrell, J., Law, J. & Roulstone, S. (2011). Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP): 2nd interim report. Warwick: DfE.

Full Report available to download from Department for Education

Reference: DFE-RR172

Published: November 2011

Publication Type: Research

Audience: Researchers, School Advisers, Schools, SENCOs

The Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP) is part of the Better Communication Action Plan, the Government’s response to the Bercow Review, published in 2008. The 2008 report reviewed services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and made recommendations to Government.

The 1st Interim Report, published in December 2010, provides information on the work of the BCRP that mainly took place during the period January - July 2010. This 2nd Interim Report provides information on the work of the BCRP that mainly took place during the period July 2010 – July 2011. All work was scheduled to end by March 2012.

The report provides a summary of the aims of each study, what was done and the results so far.


  • Communication Supporting Classrooms Project
  • A further investigation of pupils with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Interventions for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in England: A survey of speech and language therapists
  • Prospective longitudinal study – Phases 2 and 3
  • 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?
  • Speech language and communication needs and behaviour
  • Economic Effectiveness Programme
  • Prospective cohort study of SLT services for young children who stammer in England

Note: the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has been replaced by the Department for Education (DFE)

Although this information is believed to be accurate, you are strongly advised to make your own independent enquiries.

December 2012